MIRI: About a dozen drug and alcohol addicts have left a movement control order (MCO) shelter set up for the homeless in Miri at the Miri Red Crescent hall.
The premises are being used as a temporary shelter to house nearly 40 homeless people who were picked up from the streets two weeks ago during MCO enforcement operations.
A senior welfare officer said some of the homeless who had been placed at the shelter had left and could be seen roaming the streets of the city.
"We have done our best to locate those who were living and sleeping on the streets. We took in almost 40 of them but now there are only about 20 still here.
"The ones who left are those who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. They cannot bear the confines of the shelter and are also desperate to satisfy their addictions," the officer explained.
Red Cresent welfare volunteers had arranged enough food, drinks, tents and bathrooms for the homeless at the hall.
They were also given health checks and blood tests.
Some of the homeless taking shelter at the hall are also stateless while some are also suffering from mental and emotional problems.
Sarawak Welfare Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said during MCO enforcement operations, more than 100 homeless people were found in cities and towns in the state.
Miri city has the most number of homeless, she added.
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