19 homeless people found living in streets of Sibu
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.