KUALA LUMPUR: Individuals and groups have been prohibited from distributing food directly to the homeless people around the city centre during Ramadan, according to a directive issued by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
In a statement, it said this was to prevent waste and pollution as well as to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, DBKL said food distribution could be made through two homeless transit centres, namely on Jalan Pahang and Medan Tuanku, as well as the Community Learning Centre in Chow Kit.
“DBKL found many groups and individuals distributing food at hotspot locations for the homeless such as Masjid Jamek, Central Market and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
“This has caused disturbance and inconvenience to the owners of premises and showed the community’s negative perception towards DBKL.
“Food distribution activities seem to be getting out of control, especially during Ramadan,” the statement read.
Those intending to donate food to the homeless are required to call 03-2617 6321 for scheduling purposes.
Those failing to abide by the directive could face enforcement action, DBKL said.