GPS committed to achieve zero-squatters by 2025, says Sebastian Ting

Datuk Sebastian Ting (3rd from left) accompanied by David Kung of SESCO Miri (on Ting's left) with others visited a house in Tudan Desaras. The house has been supplied with electricity via the ALAF programme.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, March 26: The State Government under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is committed to eradicating squatters via resettlement approaches to achieve the ‘zero squatters’ mission by the year 2025.

According to Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting, the State Government has always been committed to relocating squatters and will continue to do so to achieve ‘zero squatters’ by the year 2025.

“Initially, the date was 2020, but we did not make it, but the government has given it the commitment to achieve the target by the year 2025,” he said when met today after visiting several families in Tudan Desaras who benefited from the Late Applicant Funds (ALAF) programme.

A total of 351 applicants from Tudan Desaras have applied for the programme.

The installation of electricity supply via ALAF programme to households in Tudan Desaras is in progress.

The electricity supply to this area is expected to be completed by this year.

“Thanks to our previous Chief Minister, the late Pehin Sri Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem (Tok Nan), who had approved the relocation of squatters in Lutong to Tudan Desaras and provided them with land to build houses that time,” he recalled.

Ting remembered when he was first elected as Piasau Assemblyman back in 2016, there were about 4,000 squatters in Miri.

“And then, during the last DUN sitting, it was about 1,000 (squatters ) now, meaning half of the squatters here (in Miri) have been resettled,” he pointed out. -DayakDaily