TWENTY-FIVE homeless individuals were rescued in an integrated operation conducted round Sibu.
“We screened them to check if they are mentally stable or experiencing any mental health issues.
“Those who did not exhibit mental health symptoms would be sent to the Sibu temporary transit centre (TTG) while those who do will be referred to the Health Ministry,” said Awang Mohammed Nizam Awang Ali Bohan, a representative from the Sibu Division Resident Office.
Awang said the twice-a-year operation was to identify and assist the homeless population in Sibu, in addition to updating the district’s database.
The operation was led by the Social Welfare Department and involved 15 agencies, including the National Anti-Drug Agency, National Registration Department, Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Civil Defence as well as Sibu Hospital’s Social Medical Work Unit and Psychiatric Unit.
Also involved were the Sibu Rural District Council, Sarawak Islamic Religious Department, Sibu Municipal Council, Sibu District Office, Sarawak Public Communications Unit and Sibu Division Health Office.