KUANTAN: Come September, squatters here will have no choice but to abandon their makeshift homes.
The Kuantan Municipal Council will no longer listen to the appeals or pleas against tearing down their wooden homes along the banks of Sungai Kuantan.
Its president Datuk Muhammad Safian Ismail said the council had decided that the town would be squatter-free by June 2007.
“We have been lenient so far, and up to now, we have only sent reminders that they are squatting on our land, but when September comes, we will tear down the structures,” he said.
Muhammad Safian said he was heeding a national call to eradicate squatter colonies.
He said that squatters were mainly responsible for polluting Kuantan River with garbage.
“We have spent millions of ringgit cleaning the river and yet, when the tide is out, plastic bags and containers can be seen hanging on trees in mangrove swamps,” he said.
Muhammad Safian added that affordable homes were being constructed, and once they were ready in September, those from the squatter colonies could be placed in these homes.
“The homes will be affordable, and with payment at no more than RM150 per month, it will be a better environment for the squatter families to live in,” he said.
The homes were being built in the Kampung Kempadang area in Seberang Kuantan on the way to Pekan.