The state government had handed over keys to 320 low cost apartment units for the residents of Kampung Desa Jaya, as an attempt to enrich their lives after the completion of the EDL Expressway. The construction of the highway went through eight squatters’ settlements and a total of 2,720 homes were displaced.
This is part of the state government’s plan to relocate these villagers as well as to provide better infrastructure and amenities for the residents of the area.
“The location of this placement project is near the existing area with a distance of about 2 to 5 kilometers. It is implemented in the same area to ensure that locals, especially parents, will not face difficulties for their children’s schooling purposes,” said Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin, who handed the keys to several residents of Kampung Desa Jaya.
He added that the relocation of squatters is part of building a more inclusive development to ensure that there are affordable homes for everyone, and at the same time reducing the number of squatters in Johor Bahru.
Also present to officiate the ceremony was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Zahid Hamidi, Johor Bahru Member of Parliament Tan Sri Shahrir Samad and Chairman of Johor State Housing and Local Government Committee, Datuk Jais Sarday.
Zahid revealed that the federal government has approved the state’s request for budget allocation for the socio-economic development of the community within the area.
“The Desa Jaya Apartment Project is a result of the government’s effort in providing the best needs to the community”. He added that the allocation worth RM8 million was given after reviewing the needs and benefits that the people would receive later.
According to him, the funds will be channeled for the use of repainting all 2,720 units of Desa Jaya apartments, squatter resettlement for the construction of the East Dispersal Expressway (RM5 million), multi-purpose hall improvements at Kampung Kurnia, Larkin (RM1 million) and provision for community associations (RM2 million).