KUALA LUMPUR, 23 Jan 2009: More than 10,000 squatter residents in the the city have been asked to vacate their settlements by year-end.
Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk M Saravanan said this was necessary to achieve zero squatter status in the Federal Territory.
He said almost half of them resided on government land while the rest, private land.
“Even if they are on private land, they still need to vacate,” he told reporters after presenting contributions in conjunction with Chinese New Year here today.
Saravanan said squatter residents could contact City Hall to apply for housing under the Hardcore Poverty Development Programme, adding that the ministry had given ample time to the residents to vacate.
At the ceremony, more than 50 senior citizens and the disabled from Cheras received ‘ang pow’ packets and hampers sponsored by the Yayasan Wilayah Persekutuan, in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebrations. — Bernama