Razing the roof on squatters


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

Datuk Omar Mammah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police have made a proposal to the government to demolish squatter houses, especially those in water villages that are known for criminal activities.

Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah said earlier this year, he had instructed the police to urge district officers to apply for court orders to demolish these structures.

“We want all these structures built by illegal immigrants, as well as those used by drug dealers and other criminals, to be destroyed, ” he said.

However, Omar said such actions could not proceed yet as the Sabah Local Government and Housing Ministry has not made any decision.

“We have briefed the minister about this proposal and he is keen to see how to work it out, ” Omar said when met after a community policing programme at Gaya Island in the city here yesterday.

Omar added that it would be up to the state government to take a stand and make a decision.

He said many squatter areas at water villages were known to be criminal hideouts and transit points for those illegally entering Sabah.

“So we have to take strict action to curb criminal and other unhealthy activities at these places, ” Omar said.

On fish bombing activities in Sabah, said to be among the worst in the country, he said marine police and maritime enforcement agencies had been carrying out regular patrolling 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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