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Squatter homes near Assembly to go

Published on: Friday, September 05, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: City Police Chief ACP M. Chandra said 53 houses behind the State Legislative Assembly building here have been identified as squatter dwellings that need to be demolished. Of the 53 houses, he said 26 were occupied by people with no proper documents, 25 by locals and two houses were found abandoned.

"The squatter houses were detected during an 'Ops Nyah Bersepadu' together with enforcement authorities like City Hall, the Immigration Department, Rela and Civil Defence Department (JPAM) personnel from 12am to 3am on Thursday.

"We also hauled in 50 people in the operation and after screening them, only 41 people were found not having any valid documents comprising 14 men, 16 women, three boys and eight girls.

"Among them, four men were arrested for testing positive for drugs," he said during a meet-the-client session at Api-Api Centre, Thursday.

Chandra said City Hall has also issued eviction notices to the locals who are the household heads occupying 25 squatter houses at the area to leave the structures within 14 days before the demolition.