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Najib promises building for the homeless

 | July 10, 2014

The government will turn a building in Chow Kit into a shelter for the homeless and beggars soon.

najib-razak1KUALA LUMPUR: A building in Chow Kit will be turned into a shelter with sleeping cubicles, bathrooms and lockers for the homeless and beggars within six months, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said today.

“What they need is a place to sleep at night,” Najib said after visiting the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen in Jalan Tun Perak here last night.

Najib, who arrived at the Cahaya Suria building at 10.40pm, was accompanied by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim and Kuala Lumpur mayor Ahmad Phesal Talib.

Ahmad Phesal said a few storeys of the building in Chow Kit would have sleeping cabins with a health centre on the ground floor.

Najib said the government appreciated soup kitchen volunteers for feeding the homeless and providing medical aid.

The Prime Minister spent an hour with the soup kitchen volunteers before taking a walk around the Cahaya Suria building.

Najib’s visit comes a week after Tengku Adnan stirred controversy when he said soup kitchens would be barred from operating within a 2km radius from Lot 10, Bukit Bintang.

Tengku Adnan had also warned that alms givers could be fined.

Tengku Adnan had said soup kitchens had tarnished the city’s image, especially in terms of cleanliness.

Rohani said the Prime Minister also wanted the homeless aged 60 and above to be housed at Rumah Seri Kenangan, which is under the ministry.

Pertiwi Soup Kitchen founder Munirah Abdul Hamid said she was happy with the Prime Minister’s visit and hoped that the government would find a solution to benefit all parties.


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