72 Homes Demolished and Burned

What is affected
Housing private
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 August 2004
Region A [ Asia ]
Country Malaysia
Location Sabah1

Affected persons

Total 360
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution

Forced eviction
Land losses

- Land area (square meters)

- Total value
Housing losses
- Number of homes 72
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Sabah Forestry Department, Local Police
Brief narrative In August 2004, the Sabah Forestry Department, the Police, and Rela officers (members of a volunteer corps controversial for their violent tactics) forcibly evicted several hundred local villagers for allegedly encroached forest reserve land. The officers arrived at the villagers’ homes without prior notice and forced the residents out of their houses. The officers demolished some of the 72 homes with bulldozers, set fire to the remaining ones, and confiscated the villagers’ property, including all livestock. During the eviction, Forestry Department officials also confiscated several cars, motorbikes, and chainsaws belonging to villagers. Residents were handcuffed and sixteen men were arrested and detained for two to three weeks. Reportedly, the land on which the residents had set up their village – Kampung Puteri Tambausung – was not classified as forest reserve. The evictees, who were left homeless, were forced to seek shelter with friends and relatives or rent rooms in lodging houses.

Source: COHRE
Costs €   0