Works to begin after relocation

KOTA KINABALU: A contractor involved in the RM1.4bil expansion works of the Kota Kinabalu international airport is waiting for the relocation of some 2,000 squatter families from Kampung Sri Tanjung to enable work to begin on the lengthening of the existing runway. 

State Secretary Datuk K.Y. Mustafa said the contractor had informed state officials that they were prepared to begin work on extending the runway from the present 2.2km to 2.7km. 

He said the Government had identified 250 families to be moved from Sri Tanjung to Maang but work to build houses at the relocation site had yet to begin. 

“We already have the designs for the houses and we hope the construction for them will begin soon,” Mustafa told reporters here recently. 

He said apart from the Sri Tanjung families, squatters from Kampung Matabian near the city whose homes had been demolished for a Health Ministry project would also be relocated to Maang. 

Mustafa said another 250 families from Sri Tanjung as well as another colony near the airport, Kampung Bunga Raya, would be moved to the south-west Papar and Kawang districts. 

On protests from Maang villagers on the relocation of the Sri Tanjung squatters to their area, Mustafa said various explanations had been given to them on the rationale of the move. 

“Many of them have accepted our explanations.  

“They have to realise that the relocation is necessary for the progress of the state,” he said.  

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