Temporary shelter for the homeless opened in Taiping


CONCERNED over the fate of homeless persons during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period, a non-governmental organisation together with several government agencies, have set up a temporary shelter for them here.

Located at the Kampung Pinang Community Hall in Taman Kamunting Permai here, the centre which began operations yesterday is the result of a collaborative effort between non-governmental organisation Pertubuhan Kebajikan Masyarakat Marhaen (KMM) Taiping, and government agencies like the Taiping Municipal Council, the Social Welfare Department and the Civil Defence Force.

Its president, Faizzul Amri  Shahabuddin said the Civil Defence Force had set up 20 cubicles in the hall for the homeless.

“The homeless persons will also be given basic items such as clothes, towels, blankets, electricity supply and clean bathrooms, as well as three meals a day which have been contributed by the association as well as the public.

“We want them to stay here as their welfare will be looked after and to prevent them from going out during the MCO period,” he told Bernama.

He said all the homeless persons who were brought to the centre will also undergo screenings conducted by the Health Ministry.

Members of the public who want to contribute can do so through the Maybank account 558051349924 with the name Pertubuhan Kebajikan Masyarakat Marhaen, and to write the word ‘PKP’ on the receipt as a reference.

Meanwhile, a homeless person, Ishak Hasan, 61, said he was grateful to have a place to stay and food to eat during the MCO period as many of the eateries were closed.

He added that before this, he used to collect and sell scrap items but could no longer do this during the MCO period.

“At most, I can get about RM15 for my meals each day, but the scrapyard in Taiping is now closed, so I cannot get any money to buy food,” Ishak, who is from Bagan Serai, said.

Yesterday, Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said the state government will provide the homeless in the state with accommodations and food at the latest by this week, to curb the spread of COVID-19.