KOTA KINABALU: More than 100 children and adult beggars were nabbed during an integrated operation around the city.
Sabah National Security Council director Noor Alam Khan Wahid Khan said the crackdown on Wednesday (June 29) saw a total of 105 street beggars from the Palau (Bajau Laut or Sea Gypsies) community arrested.
“Most of them were not able to produce any valid identification documents.
“They were later taken to Semporna district before being sent to another location at sea,” he said, adding that the operation was aimed at rescuing the community from the activity.
Noor Alam said the operation involved officials from various agencies including police, City Hall, Immigration, Civil Defence, Welfare Department and the Chief Minister’s Department.
He said the operation went well.
“We thank everyone who was part of this operation and made it a success.
“We will continue to hold similar operations to ensure the safety of our state,” he said.
Noor Alam said they also wished to thank the public who have helped in various ways including providing information of street begging activities prior to the operation.