DBKK cracks down on illegal structures

Teo (left) inspecting the route to the squatter houses in Signal Hill, Kota Kinabalu.

KOTA KINABALU: The city is getting tough with owners of illegal structures within the state capital.

Over the past two days, Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) personnel began enforcing demolition notices to those who had erected illegal structures such as car sheds at Signal Hill and at Kampung Kibagu in Menggatal near here.

In the case of the structures at Signal Hill, mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said DBKK had issued warning notices to the owners on Feb 6.

They were given a week to remove the structures located along Jalan Asrama.

However, upon a follow-up inspection on Feb 14, city hall officials found that they had not taken any action.

DBKK then issued the owners a seven day demolition notice that expired on Feb 20.

Yeo who personally checked the site in Signal Hill and saw that the owners had removed the illegal structures by themselves.

“I am thankful for the cooperation extended by the affected owners,” he said.

On Tuesday, DBKK personnel headed to the seaside settlement of Kampung Kibagu where they demolished 10 squatter houses built on government land.

The three-hour operation from 9am also involved police and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd personnel.

DBKK assistant chief for squatters and special duties Insp Mohd Rozie Musa said the demolition was carried out manually and using heavy machinery including tractors.

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