All Miri’s 24 homeless vaccinated

Fatimah (right) speaks to the youngest homeless at Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu temporary shelter during her visit.

MIRI: As of Sunday (Aug 8), a total of 24 homeless persons in this division have been vaccinated.

Currently, all of them are being placed at a multipurpose hall of Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu here and another temporary shelter at a community hall in Kampung Lereng Bukit while waiting for their second jabs.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah on Sunday visited the temporary shelter at Kampung Pujut Tanjong Batu. 

She met one of the homeless there who said he recently lost his job due to the pandemic and became homeless.

“There were others who have become homeless for years,” said Fatimah.

The youngest among this unfortunate group is a 14-year-old boy.

His parents have been separated and he admitted of being involved in drug abuse.

“Via our collaboration with the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) Miri branch, we will carry out special programme at the shelter to educate them about the danger of drugs,” she said.

During the brief visit Fatimah also noted that some of the homeless were without any identification cards or birth certificates.

“We will request the National Registration Department (JPN) to help,” she said.