RCI report: Esscom studying relocation of squatter settlements in 10 districts

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  • Thursday, 04 Dec 2014

ESSCOM security forces at Pulau Abal in Lahad Datu. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) is conducting preliminary studies on the relocation and resettlement of certain squatter settlements in 10 districts.

The report said that Esscom – formed after the Lahad Datu incursion last year – was working with federal and state agencies on this issue.

“The preliminary studies are related to the relocation and resettlement of certain water villages located along the east coast of Sabah, namely in Tawau, Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu, Kinabatangan, Beluran, Sandakan, Pitas, Kota Marudu and Kudat,” it said.

“The studies are for the purpose of identifying the demographic groups in these areas.”

The report highlighted this effort in relation to a proposal to demolish and relocate squatter settlements in appropriate cases as part of the suggested solutions.

The relocation or resettlement is a complex exercise and takes time and many factors have to be considered, the report said.

“However, once a decision is taken by the authority, it has to be effected in a timely manner,” the report said.

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