SOME 200 homeless folk have been offered jobs with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
He said they would be allocated jobs such as cleaning and landscaping works in the city that would provide them with a steady monthly income.
“Our objective is that they will no longer be a part of the homeless ‘community’ but become a valuable part of the workforce.
“DBKL, together with various agencies, have carried out a series of training and rehabilitation programmes that provide a comprehensive approach to address the issue of the homeless, ” he added.
Annuar said that from an initial figure of 800 homeless people who were rounded up during the movement control order (MCO), 300 had already secured jobs with private companies while another 200 would be attending a month-long training course in Sepang before gaining employment with DBKL.
“However, we have found that about 30% of the homeless were unsuitable to be employed due to mental illness, old age or because they have a drug addiction problem and they have been sent to centres where they will be looked after, ” he said during an event at the Transit Centre for the Homeless in Jalan Pahang yesterday.
He added that a further 500 to 1,000 job opportunities would be made available for those seeking employment.
“We are trying to gather information about job vacancies from developers and other private companies that would be able to provide work.
“Hopefully those coming into the city who are unable to find work will be able to seek employment at these companies and not end up homeless, ” said Annuar.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic prompted the authorities to look at the issue of the homeless and the loss of jobs during the movement control order (MCO) in a holistic manner.
During the event, the minister flagged off several buses ferrying 187 formerly homeless city folk to attend a course in Sepang, Selangor while another 52 would undergo a rehabilitation programme at the Drug Intervention Community Centre in Kuantan, Pahang.
Annuar also announced that a series of programmes and initiatives would be rolled out next week to address issues of urban poverty, affordable housing and unemployment in the city.
“We have been putting our heads together to dissect these issues and formulate a solution to them.
“I think these ‘sweet surprises’ will be well received by Kuala Lumpur folk as they are unique.
“These programmes are backed by resources and funding, ” he said.
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