KOTA KINABALU, May 3 – The authorities today demolished 42 squatter houses in Kampung Sembulan Lama here. Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai said the illegal structures were torn down in an integrated operation that involved the Kota Kinabalu City Hall, police and other enforcement agencies.
He also said that City Hall had received complaints from the local people of many unidentified people staying in the settlement. He said they has issued an eviction notice a month ago but some people had stayed put. He told this to reporters after the operation.
Meanwhile, Kota Kinabalu City Police chief ACP M. Chandra said the police, with the collaboration of City Hall, conducted an integrated operation against illegal immigrants in the area from 2am to 6am today. He said some 135 people in the Kampung Sembulan area were detained for documentation. He also added that the Immigration and National Registration departments were carrying out the documentation.