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Eviction: Tanjung Aru families in limbo
Published on: Friday, June 21, 2024
By: Sherell Jeffrey
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Eviction: Tanjung Aru families in limbo
Jeffery engaging with the tenants who are hoping for some positive feedback from the government
Kota Kinabalu: Some 80 families ordered to vacate the Tanjung Aru low-cost flats fear they may not be able to meet the Aug. 31 deadline set by the Sabah Housing and Urban Development Board (LPPB). 

Some are still waiting for offers to resettle in other low-cost units, while others have been offered units that do not meet their requirements in terms of distance, among others.

LPPB issued its first eviction notice to the 315 families living on the flats’ 11 blocks in May 2021 informing they need to find new homes and leave their units by the end of the year due to structural safety of the 1970s-built flats.

In July 2024, the remaining tenants were asked to vacate after Hari Raya. Some have left voluntarily, while 24 families relocated to low-cost units in Kibabaig, Penampang.

Jeffery

“Their (tenants’) request is simple, they want proper engagement with LPPB to determine where they should be placed/resettled,” Putatan Umno Chief Jeffery Nor Mohamed told a media conference, Thursday.

“If there is no house, let them know directly so they do not hope for something that does not exist.

“Before evicting any tenant, the LPPB should meet with them directly, engage with them to find a solution. 

“We do not deny the work done by the government through the LPPB but the process must be correct, which is to meet the tenants,” Jeffery said. 

“Some tenants claim they have yet to receive offers for units to be resettled, so of course they would be upset and confused because they don’t know where to go,” he said.

“Many have lived here for a long time and are concerned about their lives, employment and children’s schools if they are relocated rashly. It’s not as easy as it appears,” he said. 

“Not all of these tenants own cars. Perhaps they will need to use e-hailing services to their place of work or school. 

“Previously, the rate may have been RM3 to RM4. However, once relocated, the cost may have changed and become an additional financial burden.

“We in Putatan Umno and Putatan Warisan hope this matter can be a win-win situation between tenants and the State Government,” he said. 

“We also hope LPPB can consider granting an extended period to least by end of the year. The Aug 31 deadline is inadequate because it is still in the school period,” he said. 

He said until relocation, the LPPB should maintain cleanliness and grass-cutting because people are still staying there. 

“The tenants have paid their fees. LPPB should at least do some maintenance. These are locals who deserve better,” he said. 

A tenant said they wished to be relocated closer to town because many of them are elderly and live alone. 

“Almost 20 per cent of the remaining 80 families are elderly and they hope to be closer to town where there are health facilities available,” she said. 

Another resident said he would find other places to live if he had the financial means. 

“With three young children to feed, including one with special needs, it is not easy to simply pack up and find another place to live. 

“I hope the relevant authorities can help find us a convenient place to resettle,” said the man who does odd jobs for a living. 

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