Caring for Sibu’s homeless during MCO

Fatimah talking with one of the homeless. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Ministry has reactivated the temporary transit centre for the homeless (TTG) in Sibu, said its minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She said the reactivation of the TTG using the government rest house is to provide temporary shelter for the homeless in compliance with the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) enforced in Sibu.

“Food and other basic necessities are also provided at the transit centre and they will undergo health screening,” she said when met during an integrated operation to visit the homelessness in the city.

Fatimah also said that the opening of the TTG had been postponed due to the MCO.

“The centre is still in the process of being renovated. It was supposed to be completed in February but had to be postponed due to the MCO.

“For TTG in Kuching, we have identified the location to build the centre and we are in the process of completing the paperwork,” she added.

On the operation, she said the government wants to ensure that no one is left behind in terms of receiving assistance.

“This is not a rescue operation. We will just visit them and distribute the necessary items to them. Those who want to help donate food, clothing or other basic necessities are most welcome,” she said.