19 home­less peo­ple found liv­ing in streets of Sibu

The Borneo Post - - Front Page - Peter Boon

SIBU: Nine­teen home­less peo­ple were de­tected dur­ing a sur­vey in the town area here late Wed­nes­day.

Min­is­ter of Wel­fare, Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing, Women, Family, and Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Dato Sri Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah led the sur­vey, and among those in the party were Sibu Res­i­dent Charles Siaw and Wel­fare De­part­ment deputy di­rec­tor Mo­hamad Ali.

They were among other 60 per­son­nel from Wel­fare De­part­ment, Res­i­dent’s and District Of­fice, and po­lice, in­volved in the op­er­a­tion.

Fi een of the home­less were male and the rest fe­male. Twelve were 60 years and above, five be­tween 36 and 59 years old, and two be­tween 18 and 35 years old.

Seven of them were Chi­nese, Iban (6), for­eign­ers (3), Orang Ulu (2) and Malay 1).

The focus of the sur­vey were Ra­jang Es­planade (Jalan Maju/ Wharf/Sibu Cen­tral Mar­ket (Jalan Chan­nel), Dataran Tuanku Bu­jang Phase 1/Jalan Sanyan/ Jalan Tukang Besi/Jalan Mar­ket (Pasar Malam), Jalan Wong Nai Siong, Pre­mier shop­ping area and Sibu Gate­way.

Among is­sues faced by the home­less were in­tox­i­ca­tion, dis­carded by fam­i­lies, un­em­ploy­ment, no place to stay, and men­tal prob­lem.

Prior to the start of the pro­gramme, Fa­timah told re­porters that since 2016, a to­tal of 83 op­er­a­tions had been con­ducted across the state to res­cue the (195) home­less from the streets.

She also said the ma­jor­ity of the home­less were in the 50 to 59-year bracket, fol­lowed by 40 to 49-year olds.

She noted the num­ber spread over three years, was small if com­pared to other places, es­pe­cially Kuala Lumpur.

How­ever, she was quick to point out that the small fig­ure was no rea­son for them to be com­pla­cent.

Fa­timah (squa ing le ) speaks to a home­less found in the town cen­tre.

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