GEORGE TOWN: Hundreds of beggars from outside Penang and foreign nationals are converging here to take advantage of the generosity of Muslims during the Muslim month of Ramadan.
State Welfare Services Department (JKM) director Zulkifli Ismail said the department observed that the beggars were jostling for spots, which resulted in tiffs among them.
"These seasonal beggars are not only from Penang but also Kedah, Perak and Perlis. There are also many foreign nationals such as Myanmars and Cambodians," he said after carrying out an operation against beggars and vagrants on Tuesday night.
He said the group of beggars were focusing on the Ramadan Bazaar, Kapitan Keling Mosque and around shopping complexes in the city from 1pm to 10pm. Their respective incomes exceed RM100 a day.
He said, JKM had detained 24 people including seven children aged between two to five years.
He said the operation, from 3pm until 10pm, was carried out to find and rescue vagrants especially children to prevent social problems. Those detained would be sent to temporary shelters or JKM's homes. - Bernama
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