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Photo Above : Illegal squatter in ICE BOX, Tawau

 Kampung Titingan - The Icebox

One of the more notorious illegal settlements in Tawau is Kampung Titingan (the Icebox).

Icebox covered five acres of coastal land which could be developed into a deep sea port.

This illegal squatters numbered nearly 10,000 has spilled over to the nearby river which is being polluted ...

Serious fires have at times swept through this settlement, razing large numbers of the houses and causing loss of life.

Illegal squatter dwellings, (a major issue in Tawau) are found along the coast and river mouth. There are about 18 illegal squatters’ areas around Tawau town alone.

Kg. Titingan or the “Ice Box” and Hidayat are the largest of all. Malaysian Government targeted zero-squatter by 2010.

More about Bandar Baru Titingan (the present Kampung Titigan -the Icebox)

Zero Sabah squatter target by 2010
13 August, 2005

Tawau: The Government is planning to build another 9,225 houses under the People's Housing Programme (PPR) in the near future as it races against time to achieve the zero squatter objective in 2010.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor said 9,806 units of PPR homes are currently being constructed by the National Housing Department (NHD), of which 485 units are just waiting for the issuance of the Occupation Certificate (OC).

He said the State Government was promised a total of 30,000 units of PPR homes by the Federal Government, of which 7,118 units would be implemented before year-end.

"Under the Eighth Malaysia Plan (8MP), we have targeted to build 17,000 units and we managed to complete 5,000 units so far," he said at the handing over of house keys to deserving applicants at Taman Sri Balung, here, Friday.

PPR homes that are currently being built by the NHD are in Kg Kiansom, Inanam (1,000), Telipok (2,174), Telipok Ria (2,400), Bukit Padang (775), Batu 4, Jalan Utara, Sandakan (1,000), Balung 1, Tawau (972), Kg Titingan, Tawau (500) and Semarak, Tawau (500).

The 9,225 units that would be built in the future will be located in Tawau (900), Lahad Datu (700), Kunak (300), Gum-Gum (500), Beluran (400), Putatan (500), Kinarut (500), Pekan Kinarut (725), Beringis (500), Kudat (500), Keningau (400), Jalan Kunak-Tawau (400), Sandakan (1,900) and Semporna (1,000).

Hajiji said it is the Government's aspiration to see all local squatters owning a home by 2010.

"Sabah is among states with the highest number of squatters in Malaysia and it is the Government's aspiration to eradicate poverty," he said.

It was learnt that there are 39,404 squatters involving 6,313 households who live in 19 major colonies throughout Sabah.

Of the figure, a total of 23,653 squatters comprise Malaysian citizens whose illegal structures were mostly built along the coastal areas.

Hajiji said many of the squatters built their homes either on government land or privately owned properties.

On other developments, he assured the occupants of the PPR homes at Taman Sri Balung that they would be paying only RM124 in monthly rent to the Government.

"The rent is based on a fixed rate and it would not be raised in the future," he stressed.

The Taman Sri Balung apartment-style PPR units were built to a tune of RM54.18 million comprising 17 blocks of 972 units.

So far, Hajiji said 700 units have been filled while the rest, the Tawau Municipal Council (MPT) has been entrusted to handle the relocating process.

Also present were Rural Development Assistant Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh, Tawau MP Shim Faw Fatt, Merotai Assemblyman Datuk Dr Liew Yun Fah, Tanjung Batu Assemblyman Kamil Kassim, Local Government and Housing Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Ujang Sulani, MPT President Salsidu Ibrahim and Tawau Police Chief ACP Sulaiman Junaidi.

Original Source : Daily Express, Sabah, Malaysia

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