Development projects should not burden the people, especially those that result in the relocation of squatters, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Ordering squatters to relocate – even when their homes have not been completed – should be avoided because it would only burden the people further, he said.
“For example, if tractors from the Land and Mines Department demolish houses, such as as was the case in Kampung Buah Pala in Penang, then it will not help the people.
“Such action is an example of unfulfilled promises by PKR and thus, we must remind ourselves to prevent such an incident,” he said in his speech before launching the relocation project for Malay villages in Iskandar Malaysia here yesterday.
He also announced that the salaries for 15,000 postmen nationwide would be increased by July 1 as part of the New Economic Model’s policy of assisting the lower-income group, adding that these were currently below the acceptable level