Caring PM: Najib speaking to one of the homeless people during his visit to the Pudu area in Kuala Lumpur.-Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak surprised many when he paid a visit to the homeless in the city centre.
Accompanied by Federal Terri-tories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Najib arrived at the Pudu area at 10.45pm on Wednesday.
He walked around for about an hour and spoke to the homeless there who were being given food by volunteers from the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen.
He said the issue was of great concern to the Government and a shelter would be set up for the homeless soon.
“We are going to provide a place for them to sleep and shower as well as maybe a locker for them to keep their things,” he said after his walkabout.
In his Facebook posting following his visit, Najib said the homeless appreciated the assistance provided by soup kitchens.
“I understand the situation since the issue of homeless people was brought up online.
“Last night I witnessed the soup kitchen’s operations and also chatted with some homeless people to hear their stories and opinions,” he said, adding that the sincerity, spirit and energy of the soup kitchen volunteers reflected on the concept of 1Malaysia.
“We will attempt to resolve this issue in a way that is best for all parties,” he added.
City mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said a location in Chow Kit had been earmarked for the proposed shelter.