KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police have proposed that the government demolish squatter houses, especially those in water villages that are known for criminal activities.
Sabah police chief Comm Datuk Omar Mammah said he had instructed his men to urge district officers to apply for court orders to demolish these structures earlier this year.
“We want all structures built by illegal immigrants and other criminals to be destroyed, as well as those used by drug dealers, ” he said.
However, such actions cannot proceed as the Sabah Local Government and Housing Ministry has not issued any instructions.
“We have briefed the minister in charge and he was keen to see it work out, ” Omar said after a community policing programme at Gaya Island in the city on Saturday (Nov 16).
However, he said it would be up to the state government to take a stand and make a decision.
He said some squatter areas in water villages were known to be criminal hide-outs and transit points for those illegally entering Sabah.
“We have to take strict action to curb the growth of crime and other unwanted activities at these places, ” Omar said.
On other matters, he said with regard to reports of fish bombing in Sabah said to be among the worst in the country, marine police and other maritime enforcement agencies have constant patrols at oil rigs and other hot spots.
“We have made arrests on a continuous basis and will continue to strengthen our presence at sea, ” he said.
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