GEORGE TOWN: Beggars have turned up in droves in the inner city of George Town to take advantage of the generosity of Muslims during the month of Ramadan.
State Welfare Services Department (JKM) director Zulkifli Ismail said the beggars who included those from Cambodia and Myanmar were spotted outside mosques and all over the inner city.
“We launched an operation codenamed Ops Pengemis and Ops Kutu Rayau on Tuesday and managed to round up 24 beggars, including seven children aged between two and five.
“After their arrests in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Queen Street and Penang Road, we checked their backgrounds and discovered that some of them were from Kedah, Perak and Perlis,” he told reporters after the operation.
Zulkifli said some of the beggars also bickered as they jostled for strategic spots to beg.
He added that some of them were able to collect more than RM100 a day.
“The beggars will be sent to temporary shelters or JKM’s homes to prevent any social problems and also to ensure the children’s safety,” he said.
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