KUCHING: Kampung Kudei Baru was declared the government’s ‘kampung reserve’ way back in 1989, but now some 300 families living there are forced to move.
Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who dug up a State Legislative Assembly report dated Nov 17, 2011, said the declaration meant those families were no longer squatters.
“Technically, they are squatters before 1989. But now that it has been declared a government kampung reserve, they are no longer squatters.
“So, this is a case of in-situ legalisation. There is no need for them to be resettled,” he said yesterday, quoting the report which cited Minister of Special Function Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.
See, who is also state PKR vice chief, thus wondered why the families in Kampung Kudei Baru had recently been served the ‘Notice to Quit and removal of squatters hut on Lots 12 & 923, Block 195, Kuching North Land District’.
The notice was issued Jan 14, 2013. Two weeks later, Kampung Kudei Baru Welfare and Development Association, with the assistance of See, wrote a letter to the legal firm.
The letter, dated Jan 29, 2013, requested the legal firm to verify Kampung Kudei Baru having being declared as government kampung reserve with Adenan.
According to See, after Adenan declared Kampung Kudei Baru as a government kampung reserve, residents there jointly sent a petition to the minister regarding several requests for upgrading of basic facilities.
Among others, residents hoped the government could put a proper drainage system in place so that they would not be haunted by heavy and intermittent rains, which led to flooding issues.
They asked for electricity supply as well, reasoning that some families could not afford a power generator.
See hoped that the minister and state government would look into the matter as soon as possible.