KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or individuals are prohibited from distributing food directly to homeless people around the city centre during Ramadan, says Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL)
It said that this is to prevent waste and pollution as well as to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
DBKL added in a statement on Saturday (April 10) that any food distribution can be made through two homeless transit centres in Jalan Pahang and Medan Tuanku and also through the Community Learning Centre in Chow Kit.
"DBKL found many NGOs, groups and individuals distributing food at hotspot locations for the homeless people such as around Masjid Jamek, Central Market and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
"This has caused a disturbance and inconvenience to the owners of premises and showed the community’s negative perception towards DBKL. Food distribution activities seem to be out of control, especially during Ramadan, ” the statement read.
It added that those who intend to donate food to the homeless are required to call 03-2617 6321 for scheduling purposes and also said that those who failed to abide by the directive could face enforcement action. - Bernama