GEORGE TOWN: They may be on the streets seeking alms for a living but these beggars may have more money than the givers, said Penang Social Welfare Department director Said Sidup.
He said based on information obtained from beggars picked up by the authorities during operations, some of them could pocket up to RM1,000 a day.
“The generosity of Malaysians gives opportunity for beggars to thrive on their kindness,” he told reporters after a programme to educate the public on the need to address the problem of beggars.
Said advised the public to be cautious when giving out alms to beggars as some of them were part of syndicates.
He said those wishing to donate should give their contributions to registered bodies like mosques and welfare organisations.
The department has conducted 150 operations to clean the streets of beggars since January this year, during which 201 beggars were rounded up.
“A total of 142 of them are locals, while the rest are foreigners,” he said. — Bernama
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