Kota Kinabalu City Hall To Have Database To Monitor Squatter Areas

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KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall is to come up with a complete database system to effectively monitor the growth of squatter areas.

The mayor Datuk Nordin Siman said today the system can help to identify squatter areas for the purpose of control and assistance.

“This is one of the approaches designed to create an effective squatter management system and to provide adequate settlements.

“The creation of the management system is among the six missions dedicated to the city of Kota Kinabalu,” he said at the launch of the KK Moving Forward programme by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal Thursday.

Nordin said city hall had expanded the participation of agencies in the district squatter committees by involving the Local Government and Housing Ministry, Health Department, Customs Department, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd and Sabah Water Department.

He said the committees also acted on reports on growth and health and social problems in the squatter areas.

Nordin said that under the Smart City Action Network, Kota Kinabalu City Hall was selected to conduct a smart city study in the Kuala Menggatal area.

The study, to be completed in October, is to develop a land-use planning scheme to resettle over 7,000 households in squatter areas, he said, adding that such planning can help resettle squatters and provide employment.

Earlier Shafie announced a bigger allocation of RM1mil next year for Kota Kinabalu City Hall to handle waste management.

Ensuring cleanliness in the state capital is part of efforts to attract more tourists and put the city on the world map.

Shafie added that there was no point in building skyscrapers if society did not practice a sustainable lifestyle and adopted proper garbage handling as their culture.

“I was made to understand that City Hall spends RM150,000 of its allocation to manage waste annually, so I want to allocate RM1mil next year for garbage management and clean-up efforts.

“There is no point having high-rise buildings but we do not create value for communities living here – such as indiscriminate garbage dumping or infrastructure such as elevators that do no function.

“We need to develop the soft skills of City Hall staff and ensure comprehensive public transportation.

“If we have good culture, tourists would not just come but they would buy more properties here, ” he said.

Speaking to reporters after the launch, he lauded City Hall, saying that despite the small allocation currently, it still managed to handle 800 tonnes of rubbish daily.

He hoped the increased allocation would go to infrastructure provisions such as garbage cans and cleanliness programmes, as well as appointing more contractors for clean-ups.