Kota Kinabalu Mayor warns against intermediaries in settlement approvals, vows action amidst illegal settlement concerns


KOTA KINABALU: Any individuals found serving as intermediaries in managing or approving new settlements within the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) will face consequences, asserts Mayor Datuk Seri Dr Sabin Samitah.

He emphasised that no intermediaries have ever been engaged or recognised by the City Hall.

"DBKK will investigate and take legal action against any individuals acting as intermediaries. Those who encounter such individuals should report to us immediately," he said in a statement on Thursday (June 13).

Furthermore, he warned of repercussions for any parties or individuals constructing dwellings or structures on government or private lands without official approval.

"Such settlements are not recognised, and eviction and demolition will be enforced according to the law," he said.

Sabin noted that the recent fire incident that razed at least 15 temporary squatter houses in an illegal settlement on water near Kampung Kalansanan in Inanam, was due to a short circuit.

He pointed out the pressing issue of increasing squatter populations in the city, which contributes to critical social issues and disorganised infrastructure systems, leading to illegal wiring and water theft, among other problems.

"In light of this incident, DBKK firmly states that all affected residents in the recent demolition exercise are prohibited from rebuilding their houses in the same area.

"Such structures are illegal and will face demolition as provided under the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (Building) By-Laws 1951. Stern action will be taken against those who disobey and rebuild houses in the area," he said.

DBKK, Sabin added, remains committed to supporting the government's approach in monitoring and implementing squatter management initiatives for the safety and well-being of the city dwellers.

“This is a collective effort and coordinated action with the relevant agencies," he said.

Those with information on the involvement of intermediaries in the management of new settlements can report to DBKK at 088-521800.

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