The excavator that was used in yesterday squatters demolition operation

A 70-strong demolition team from Bintulu Land and Survey department yesterday managed to dismantle 39 (out of 59) squatter houses in Bandar Samarakan – about 55km from Bintulu after facing fierce resistant from house-owners.

“Our Kobe (excavator) driver was threatened with a knife and we could not proceed with the demolition work,” Superintendent of Land and Survey Bintulu, Ajmaen Superi was quoted as saying by Sarawak Update.

Ajmaen said the problem could be prevented had Baru Bian – lawyer representing the the squatters informed his clients about the court decision as many were claiming they were not in the know of the court eviction notice.

The Land and Survey demolition team

He said police confiscated several home made rifles apart from dangerous weapon used to intimidate enforcement officials from carrying out their duty.

Later, negotiation between the affected residents and officials arrived at an agreement that all the remaining 21 units would be given three days notice.

A visit to the location today saw several Civil Defense department personnel manning the entrance to the squatters area and outsiders were barred from entering or taking photos of the place.

Attempted to speak to the squatters were also unsuccessful as they were reluctant to speak to media. We understand several of them made homeless by yesterday demolition were staying with friends and relatives at nearby longhouses.