KINABALU: The City Hall has been urged to reconsider its decision to
relocate thousands of squatters from Pulau Gaya to Telipok as planned.
Gaya MP Datuk Yong Teck Lee and Inanam Assemblyman Johnny Goh in a joint
statement Thursday said local residents in Telipok are worried about the
impending influx from the squatter colony.
people would like us to appeal to the authorities, in this case the Kota
Kinabalu City Hall to reconsider the decision," he said.
Datuk Abdul Ghani Rashid said on June 5 that the estimated over 4,000
squatters in Pulau Gaya would be moved to Telipok once the preparation of
the relocation site is completed.
Hall estimated 60 percent of a total of over 7,000 people living in the
Pulau Gaya squatter colony to be locals based on them possessing ICs.
also said the estimated 700 illegal structures in Pulau Gaya would be
demolished in one exercise, where foreigners who are employed would be
referred to their employers for their housing needs, while illegal
immigrants would be deported.
and Goh revealed that the Barisan Nasional Co-ordinating Committee for
Gaya, which has representatives from all the State BN component parties,
had in its meeting in April adopted a resolution objecting to the move.
said the resolution, along with three others concerning illegal immigrants
and refugees adopted at the same meeting had been submitted to Chief
Minister Datuk Chong Kah Kiat last month.
joint statement stressed that Telipok is already "home" to a
settlement for Filipino refugees and local residents have for years been
forced to live with vandalism, petty crimes and other disturbances posed
by these foreigners.
settlement located at Kampung Boronoun was established by the United
Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in the 1970s for the
Filipinos escaping civil war in the Southern Philippines.
relocation of a large number of people in the settlement would put further
pressure on the already inadequate water supply in the area. The exercise
would not be fair to local Telipok residents from this and other
aspects," they said.
hope the Chief Minister is able to intervene to protect the interest of
the Telipok people".