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Homeless ex-policemen December 26, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Land.
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pix1apix2aI visited some ex-policemen at Kampung Dusun near Hill Top today after I was informed that some of them had received notice from the Tawau Municipal Council to dismantle their house and move out by January 1, 2009 dateline.

How cruel, how inconsiderate could our authority be. These are ex-policemen who had served the country and they derserve better than an ultimatum to move out or forced out.

True, they had built their homes on the river reserve of Tawau river, but are they to be blamed after they could not acquire lands to build a house to call home. They are local bumiputra but do not have any lands and they could not afford to buy a house base on their penchants, and are not eligible for low-cost housing as they are not categorize as hardcore-poor.

There are 22 houses at Kampung Dusun and 11 had received such notice. I wonder why the native Dusun’s, why are they targeted when they are other illegally erected houses along the same river reserve which some belongs to foreigners or non-bumiputras. Shouldn’t by right these house should go first and the native Dusun’s houses be left untouched until a suitable place is identified so that they could be properly shifted.

I can’t imagine, where will they live, where will they find shelter, where will they find a roof over their head.

Another thing that struck me is whether there is a conspiracy going on to have them forced out. Is there a catch where someone will gain once they are out of their ‘kampung’.

I am ashamed that we could not take care of our natives and give them lands they rightfully deserved.

I am even more ashamed foreigners all over the state are left-off easy with their colonies still exist though the government had vowed for zero squatters. Worst, they are squatting fro free, receive free water and electricity.

This new year, these ex-cops will be homeless with no one to turn to for help except the government.

This is an important signal to the government. What sort of incentives do these ex-police get if their ending is like this.

The people are already facing hardship but where are the help promised to the people.

Which ever it is for the twenty-two families who built their house along the river reserve of Tawau river and naming their village Kampung Dusun, their only hope is the government to end their problem.

Among them who are waiting to receive such notice is retired corporal Molondoi bin Likob, 61 who is having sleepless night as he do not know where he will put up his family.

Molondoi said he had applied for housing under the poor a few times but was not eligible and had been chased out from a piece of land in Andrassy which he had applied for and a house built there burnt down.

He said he do not owned any lands where he can build a house and cannot afford to buy a house with his monthly pension of about RM1,000.

In the same dilemma with him are other ex-policemen who had also built their home at Kampung Dusun and they too had expressed disappointment that their sacrifices serving as policemen were not valued and now they are left hanging on a thread.

According to them, many of them were from other parts of Sabah but there is no point going back to their respective village as they do not have lands there.

All of them (ex-police) had their last posting in Tawau, and had called Tawau their new home and had tried to apply for land and build their home here, but sadly there are no lands available for these natives.

Feeling humiliated, they questioned why their Kampung Dusun had been targeted to be demolished by TMC while there are other kampungs also along the river reserve belonging mostly to non-natives and foreigners.

Molondoi said they will dismantle their house, but on condition that all the others along the river reserve also ordered to do the same or else the Kampung Dusun residents will defend their homes.

Molondoi who was clearly disappointment on how they are being treated took-off his false leg when posing for a photo with me and said this false-leg is what he got from the government.

They are locals and we should not forget their sacrifices, if they don’t have lands and need lands, then the government could devise a special scheme for local and ex-policemen in gratitude for their service to the country.

If TMC wants to dismantle the houses along river reserve then it should be fair and starts with those belonging to non-locals and that there should not be any double-standards and selective.

 

Kemana Akan Mereka Pergi?

 

Bagaikan layang-layang putus tali, tiada arah, walaupun ada dirikan rumah tetapi tanah bukan ada geran jadi bererti sama juga seperti belum ada rumah yang betul-betul boleh di panggil rumah.

 

Semas lawatan saya ke Kampung Dusun, seorang pesara polis, Molondoi Likob, 61 – penduduk di kawasan tanah simpanan sungai di perkampungan Dusun di sini – melahirkan rasa bimbangnya jika pihak berkuasa memutuskan untuk merobohkan kediamannya suatu hari kelak, tanpa menyediakan kediaman baru untuk dia dan keluarga.

Kebimbangannya itu katanya timbul berikutan 11 buah rumah jirannya di perkampungan setinggan terbabit telahpun diberikan notis perobohan, yang perlu dilaksanakan sebelum 1 Januari 2009.

Untuk rekod, terdapat 22 buah rumah setinggan di perkampungan terbabit.

“Walaupun rumah saya belum menerima notis lagi, tapi kami sekeluarga amat bimbang kerana kalau rumah kami pun menerima notis dan ingin dirobohkan kelak, kami tidak tahu lagi ke manakah harus kami tinggal,” katanya kepada saya..

Dalam pertemuan itu, Molondoi juga memberitahu bahawa beliau sebenarnya pernah memohon sebanyak tiga kali untuk mendapatkan bantuan perumahan, namun kesemua permohonannya ditolak kerana wang pencen yang diterimanya setiap bulan agak tinggi.

Bagaimanapun katanya, wang pencennya itu hanya cukup untuk menyara dirinya dan keluarga, apatah lagi apabila kaki kanannya adalah kaki palsu.

Beliau menyatakan bahawa jika kerajaan benar-benar ingin merobohkan rumah-rumah setinggan sekalipun, penempatan atau kediaman baru haruslah disediakan terlebih dahulu untuk para penduduk tempatan yang terlibat.

Saya berasa simpati di atas apa yang dialami dan dirasai oleh Molondoi serta keluarganya dan mengapakah ini boleh terjadi kepada seorang bumiputra di tanah nenek moyangnya. Manakah pergi hak orang asli di bumi Sabah ini untuk mempunyai tanah sendiri?

 

Saya minta pihak berkuasa kalau pun mahu merobohkan rumah setinggan, robohkan dulu setinggan-setinggan yang didiami oleh pendatang asing. Untuk setinggan tempatan, sediakan dulu rumah untuk mereka dan bukannya terus dirobohkan begitu sahaja.

Saya mencadangkan kepada pihak kerajaan supaya dapat menyediakan kawasan penempatan khas untuk pihak polis dan tentera, bagi memudahkan mereka mendirikan kediaman dan tinggal bersama keluarga semasa selepas bersara.

Semasa mereka masih berkhidmat, mereka dihargai dan dipuji. Tetapi bila mereka bersara, mereka terbiar dan diabaikan. Janganlah biarkan perkara ini terus berlaku. Janganlah kerajaan sampai kerajaan di sifatkan bagai kacang lupakan kulit.

 

Saya juga berharap para Ahli Parlimen and Adun kawasan ini dapat bantu mereka dengan apa cara pun. Yang penting mereka dapat dirikan rumah yang sah di tapak yang sah. Saya tidak menyalahkan sesiapa dalam perkara ini, kerana mungkin terlepas pandang ataupun maklumat belum sampai, tetapi yang penting marilah kita sama-sama mencari jalan dan idea untuk membantu bekas kakitangan kerajaan ini.

 

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1. mohd ali ismail - December 26, 2008

pepatah orang Melayu “kera dihutan disusukan anak dikandung kelaparan”.This is one case of utter disregard of human dignity and inhumane act of cruelty.When your earnings are small and do not have enough income to bring home you resort to bribery and corruption.When you are straight and honest that is exactly what happen to the the poor ex-policemen.I just wonder what happen to the Police Cooperative movements.Those ex-policemen must get Government help to house them.Over the years so much Government funds have gone to waste and I don’t see any reason why these people must be left homeless.


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