THE homeless can earn a decent income by washing cars once a transit centre (TTG) in Sibu for them is ready by Aug 15.
A Civil Servants Sports and Welfare Organisation (Maksak) building at Jalan Sanyan is currently being renovated and upgraded for RM457,000 into a transit centre for the homeless.
Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah, who visited the project site, said another RM228,000 would be spent for the operating cost.
“The management of the centre will be handled by an NGO, Shan Xin Malaysia, Sibu chapter which was appointed by the Sarawak Homeless Management Committee, ” she said.
Fatimah said TTG would be a temporary shelter for the homeless in Sibu, Mukah, Sarikei and Kapit where they could bathe, have meals and sleep. In the daytime, they are free to go out.
“The centre can accommodate a maximum of 40 persons, 20 men and 20 women, at one time.
“It is equipped with a counselling room, a multipurpose hall, a kitchen and a dining area.
“We want to ensure that the homeless have decent meals and a place to sleep, ” she said.
Additionally, a car wash will be set up for the able-bodied homeless to earn an income.
“At the end of the day, we want them to live a life with dignity, have self-value and be respected by society, ” she added.
Additionally, the poor, she said, could come to the centre for food as a soup kitchen would also be set up.
As for the food, she said NGOs and religious bodies would provide them for the homeless.
The ministry had in 2020, identified 41 homeless in Sibu and during the movement control order period in March last year, six of them were placed in a government resthouse in Jalan Awang Ramli Amit.
Separately, she said a proposal had been made to turn Sri Rejang Resthouse into a centre for victims of domestic violence where integrated support services would be provided for them.