Giving beggars money only helps the syndicates that hire them, says Negri exco

SEREMBAN: The public should stop giving beggars money because most of them belong to syndicates, says Negri Sembilan women, family and welfare committee chairman Nicole Tan Lee Koon.

She said some of them even put up at hotels and seek out strategic locations to beg, such as in front of banks.

"We have been receiving reports of beggars and many are foreigners or from outstation.

"Recently, we even had a case where a one-armed male foreigner was found begging. We found that he had made more than RM300 in just a few hours," she said when contacted on Thursday (Jan 27).

Tan said the man told them he came to Malaysia because he had been promised a job.

"He was obviously part of a syndicate which sent him out to beg," she said, adding that the man has since been deported.

Tan said the man also provided the Welfare Department enforcement team two local numbers, believed to belong to the syndicate.

She said instead of giving beggars money, the public should report such cases to the Welfare Department.

Tan said the Immigration Department was also investigating two women, believed to be foreigners, who were caught begging near the Ampangan wet market on Tuesday (Jan 25).

A clip of the duo begging went viral on social media with one Facebook user claiming they each made up to RM2,300 a day.

Each woman was accompanied by a toddler in a ploy to elicit sympathy – and cash.

“The case has been handed over to Immigration since it involves foreigners,” Tan said.

She added that efforts by the Welfare Department to get more details from the women, aged 35 and 40, were unsuccessful as they did not seem to understand the questions.

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