Abandoned Housing Estate Slated for Redevelopment
Taman Makmur, near the Luyang Clinic in Luyang, has been the target of many public complaints due to abandoned and unsafe buildings there, which are being occupied by mostly illegal immigrants.
Luyang assemblyman Hiew King Chiu said these illegal squatters pose a security risk, especially so as these buildings are next to Luyang Clinic.
He said it was understood that a new development project would be carried out by Sabah Housing Commission (LPPB) on that piece of land.
Most of the houses there have been acquired and the owners compensated by the government, but a few houses are still under negotiation with the Lands and Surveys Department.
He said Kota Kinabalu City Hall enforcement unit and the police would deploy a cleanup operation at the abandoned houses to remove all dwellers irrespective whether they were locals or illegal immigrants on Monday (April 3).
Hiew thus urged house owners or ex-owners to inform those people still occupying the houses to pack up and move out immediately.
"The hygienic aspect and the cleanliness are the main concerns because Luyang Clinic is just next door, and this place has no sanitary facilities" he added.
Hiew reckoned that it is a priority to clean up this eyesore and redevelop this abandoned housing area into a modern landmark in the heart of Luyang.
Hiew said he had been trying to make this redevelopment project a success since 1994, and now he was happy to see that all the hard work was paying off.