KAMPAR: OVER 95 per cent of squatter problems here have been resolved. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said of the 1,880 squatters here, the state had relocated 1,790 of them.
He said this during his one-day visit to the area. Zambry said Barisan Nasional was serious about solving the people's woes.
"We do not work only during elections," he said.
He also slammed some quarters, which tried to turn the land issue into a political matter.
"I hope the rakyat will be wary. At this juncture, everyone can promise anything. The important thing is whether one can deliver the promises," he said.
Earlier in his speech, Zambry said it was easy for Pakatan Rakyat to promise that it could give 999 years' land lease.
"They, however, found out later that things are easier said than done," he said.
Giving an example of how land premium was calculated, Zambry said if owners of a 99-year lease were charged RM10,000 premium, they would be charged a total of RM100,000 for a 999-year lease.
"They knew not everyone could afford high premiums and were forced to give huge discounts," he said, adding that premiums are the state's income.
As a responsible government, Zambry said the state could not practice what the Pakatan government preached.
"It is always easy to be popular but we have to be responsible to our future generation," he added.
Several of the Form 5A or Notice That Land Revenue Is Due recipients expressed their gratitude to the state government for solving their woes.
Sariah Mohamed Mahalingam, 71, of Kampung Tanjung Tin here, said she and her family were having sleepless nights after a developer wanted them to move out.
"After paying the premium, we will be the legitimate owner of the land where our house sits on," said the grandmother of 12.
Che Som Awang, 60, of Kampung Taman Madrasah, said she and her family had been waiting for 10 years for the approval.
"I thank the state government for giving us the good news," said Che Som.