KUALA LUMPUR: Some 300 homeless people here are expected to land minimum wage jobs under a post-movement control order (MCO) initiative by the federal territories ministry.
In a statement today, Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa said 93 homeless people from the first batch of interviewees would begin work on May 13.
They will be working with three companies: Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn Bhd, Hartalega NGC Sdn Bhd and Harumi Brands Sdn Bhd.
Another 51 homeless people will be interviewed by three other companies, namely Top Glove Sdn Bhd, Tesco Malaysia and Trendcell Sdn Bhd which owns Jaya Supermarket.
Another three companies which have yet to be named will also be part of the initiative.
The homeless people will be given jobs at supermarkets as well as the food and glove-making industries.
“My wish is to ensure that the homeless will have a better life and will not return to their old way of life,” Annuar said.
Aside from job opportunities, they will also be given skills training by Giat Mara and the Kuala Lumpur Industrial Training Institute.
“Next week, more career opportunity briefings and interviews will be held at six transit facilities for the homeless,” he added.
Annuar said there are about 300 people at such shelters as part of a larger Covid-19 relief programme.
There are currently two permanent centres as well as 10 temporary ones which were recently set up.
According to Annuar, the number of homeless people increased after the MCO, from 250 people on March 24 to 908 now.
He said the transit centres are housing 753 people, including 79 women, four children and 71 foreigners.
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