FT Ministry to install cubicles for homeless at temporary shelters


  • Metro News
  • Monday, 06 Apr 2020

THE Federal Territories Ministry is looking at installing cubicles at the four temporary shelters for the homeless in Kuala Lumpur.

Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said this was to give increased privacy, especially for women and those with young children.

“They are now in a dormitory-type layout. We have provided mattresses and pillows, and some have blankets. We are in the midst of getting 550 blankets for all.

“They are now served food six times a day and we managed to give them some clothes too, ” he said.

He said the ministry was also collecting personal information from the homeless.

“We are trying to get in touch with their families and relatives to see if they can help.

“The homeless may also be eligible for the help given by the government, including Bantuan Sara Hidup. Some have lost their identification cards and have no money to get a replacement, so I have asked the staff to assist them in any way possible during their stay at the shelters.” he said during an online press conference.

Annuar said the ministry, together with the Welfare Department, was in the midst of facilitating 1,000 baskets of food essentials to be distributed at each constituency.

He also said that there were five quarantine centres in Kuala Lumpur for the Health Ministry housing those who have had contact with Covid-19 positive people.

“The centres are Crystal Crown Hotel (94 people), National Sports Council (168), National Social Institute (132), Lotus Hotel (29) and the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Academy (202).

Many were relocated from the Sri Petaling Mosque to disinfect the area and avoid cross transmission.

“There are also transit centres for Malaysians returning from overseas to undergo compulsory quarantine for 14 days at several hotels in the city.

“The government is serious about containing the virus and is spending a lot of money to ensure proper steps are taken. I hope those involved in the quarantine will be patient and cooperate with the staff, ” he said.

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