KAMPUNG Sembulan Tengah is located next to the Coastal Highway and was once the main focus in this area, even before the Malaysian era.
It used to be a clean village in the 1960s and 1970s with an idyllic sea view, but reclamation projects in the 1990s robbed the area of its beauty.
Now, it has become one of the most unpleasant places to live in Kota Kinabalu. A large number of residents have moved to other areas, leasing their property to outsiders, including illegal immigrants, as long as they pay their rent on time every month.
The village has been declared a black area in the city due to the increase in crime, perhaps coincidentally, with a similar increase in the number of illegal immigrants - often from low-income groups.
The harsh living conditions in their country of origin has prompted them to migrate to areas that are undergoing development or urbanisation.
With the combination of low income and rising cost of living they had to find cheap housing, including squatter areas. - September 20, 2020.