Sarawak recorded 7,036 squatters end of 2014

Sungai Sebatang squatters among the pockets of remaining squatter colonies in Bintulu. Pix James Blackburn
Sungai Sebatang squatters among the pockets of remaining squatter colonies in Bintulu. Pix James Blackburn

The number of squatters in Sarawak had dropped significantly due to various short term and long term measures taken by the government to address the issues.

The total number of squatters in the state had reduced by almost 30 percent from 9,760 in 2010 to 7,036 end of 2014.

Abang Johari
Abang Johari
Miri city recorded the highest number of squatters 3,837 (2014), followed by Kuching and Bintulu.

Sarawak Housing Minister Datuk Seri Abang Johari Openg said Government efforts of building more Public Housing Project (PPR), new housing settlements contributed to the decline of squatter colonies in the state.

The National Housing Department will build 1,234 units of houses under the PPR project in seven locations – PPR Sungai Tengah, PPR Petra Jaya, PPR Sri Aman, PPR Saratok, PPR Tabuan Melayu (Phase 1), PPR Samarahan and PPR Lambir, Miri in 2015 according to Abang Johari.

His Ministry had proposed 28 PPR projects consisted of 13,232 units under the 11th Malaysia Plan to the federal government in Sarawak to meet the demand for housing particularly from squatters.

Sarawak Government hopes to achieve zero squatters by the year 2020.