Perak's homeless placed at state's transit centre


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  • Sunday, 19 Apr 2020

A homeless man snoozing at one of the tents in Perak’s transit centre located at Badminton Arena on Jalan Kompleks Sukan. RONNIE CHIN/The Star

IPOH: About 49 homeless people have been placed at the state’s transit centre located at Badminton Arena on Jalan Kompleks Sukan.

Perak Women Development, Family and Social Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Dr Wan Norashikin Wan Noordin said the homeless have been residing at the centre since Saturday (April 18).

“Around 6pm on Saturday, some 139 officers from various agencies visited several areas such Taman Kanak Kanak and Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar (street name corrected) to invite the homeless folk to go to the centre.

“Upon arriving, all 49 of them were screened for health and registration status,” she told reporters after visiting the centre on Sunday (April 19).

On Wednesday (April 15), Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu apologised for the late response in helping the homeless in the state.

It was reported by StarMetro earlier that some volunteer groups were worried about the number of homeless folks in the city centre during the MCO.

Dr Wan Norashikin said three homeless from Muallim and Kampar districts will be brought to the centre soon.

“Currently, we have 77 units of cubicles installed at the centre. 64 of those are for male guests and the remaining 13 are for females.

“We also have more than 40 officers from various agencies such as the Welfare Department, police and Ipoh City Council assigned to monitor the situation here for 24 hours,” she said, adding the youngest homeless in the centre is 21-year-old man, while the eldest is a 78-year-old man.

“At the centre, they will be given at least five meals a day, access to clean bathrooms and we have also planned several programmes for them such as educating them about Covid-19 and the importance of maintaining personal hygiene.

“We are also thankful for the support we received from non-governmental groups that are involved in preparing food and clothes for the homeless,” she said.

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