JOHOR BARU: The Johor state government aims to achieve the target of zero squatters within the next five years by getting rid of all squatter settlements.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Moha-med Khaled Nordin said this was possible with more affordable houses to be built for the people in Johor.
He said about 28,000 units of affordable houses would be in the offing for first time house owners in Johor of which 20,000 units to be built in Iskandar Malaysia in within five years.
Mohamed Khaled said out of 28,000 units, 11,000 units would be built by the state-linked companies or agencies while the remaining by private developers.
“Presently, there are 6,633 squatter families sitting on 101 squatter settlements on state-owned lands, with 4,781 squatters in 53 settlements in the Johor Baru district,’’ he said on Sunday.
Mohamed Khaled said Pontian was the second district with the highest numbers of squatters followed by Batu Pahat district but he did not have the figures on hand in the two districts.
He said this when at the ground breaking ceremony of the 680 affordable apartment units in three 18-storey blocks on a 3.77ha site at Taman Molek by Tanjung Bintang Sdn Bhd.
The units with a built-up area of 1,000 sq ft are priced at RM150,000 per unit and the project also includes 48 units of low-cost shops selling for RM200,000 each.
“Relocation of squatters is done on the case per case basis as each settlement is unique in its own way including the number of squatters in the area and the size of the land,’’ said Mohamed Khaled.
He said a task force had been set up in all 10 districts in Johor to look on housing-related matters in the state including relocation of squatters.
Separately, Mohamed Khaled said singles would be allowed to apply for the affordable houses as the state government wanted to increase home ownership in Johor.
He said singles should not be sidelined from owning houses as the state government was committed to provide affordable houses for those eligible.