Squatters appeal for low-cost housing

Yee (left) inspecting the dirt road connecting squatter houses in Jalan Tebing Selatan while talking to a resident about the problems there.

KUALA Lumpur’s Jalan Tebing Selatan squatters in Jinjang Utara, Kepong are appealing to the authorities to build a low-cost apartment for them to move into.

They said the settlement that had existed for over 60 years was no longer conducive to live in.

There are about 100 houses in the area, including a small number of food stalls and shops.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping who spoke on the squatters’ behalf, said there was no proper road in the squatter area, forcing them to park their vehicles on the main road.

“The surrounding drainage is also clogged with rubbish,” he said.

A visit by StarMetro found the houses — largely made of wood and zincs — located close together.

Narrow dirt roads connecting the houses were dotted with puddles and lined with shrubs and undergrowth.

Yee has forwarded their appeal to Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.

He proposed for a public-private partnership between the ministry, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and developers to study the proposal for alternative housing.

“The government should provide comfortable housing for these squatters. They must not be left behind,” he said.

DBKL, in a letter dated June 1 to Yee, said the matter was forwarded to its Economic Planning and Development Department for further action.

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