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No rebuilding at squatter sites: Kota Kinabalu City Hall
Published on: Saturday, June 15, 2024
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No rebuilding at squatter sites: Kota Kinabalu City Hall
DBKK would also take action against any party or individual who builds a house or any structure on government or private land without the approval of the authorities. 
Kota Kinabalu: City Hall (DBKK) aims to address the ongoing squatter issue which has led to social problems and disorganised infrastructure.

It said in a statement that a recent fire involving 15 squatter houses adjacent to Kg Kalansanan, Inanam, was believed to have been caused by a short circuit during a demolition exercise.

“The increasing number of squatter areas has led to a rise in critical social problems and disorganised infrastructure systems, resulting in illegal wiring connections, water theft and so on,” it said.

Following the incident, DBKK would prohibit affected residents from rebuilding their houses in the same area. 

“The settlement is an unrecognised one and will face demolition action as provided under the Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (Building) By-Laws 1951. 

“Strict action will be taken against those who defy and rebuild houses in the said area,” it said.

DBKK would also take action against any party or individual who builds a house or any structure on government or private land without the approval of the authorities. 

Such settlements are unrecognised, and eviction and demolition actions will be enforced according to the stipulated laws.

It would also investigate and take legal action against any individual acting as a middleman in managing or approving new settlements within the Kota Kinabalu City administration area. 

The involvement of middlemen in granting approval for any new settlement has never been recognised by DBKK and is considered an offence. 

Members of the public with information regarding the involvement of any middlemen in the management of new settlements can report to DBKK at 088-521800.

DBKK will continue to support the government’s harmonious approach in monitoring and implementing squatter management initiatives for the safety and well-being of the residents of Kota Kinabalu City. 

“It is a collective effort and integrated action with the enforcement agencies,” it said.

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