Sheltering homeless easier said than done
By:Jacintha Jolene
Date:
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KUCHING: The authorities are working hard to help the homeless find shelter at temporary transit centres but the task is easier said than done.

Nevertheless the effort is being undertaken by the Ministry of Women, Early Childhood and Community Well-being Development (KPWK) through the Sarawak Social Welfare Department (JKMS).

Kuching City South Council Mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said the problem was when they are taken into the shelter, the next day, the homeless would go out again.

“Maybe they (homeless people) feel more freedom outside, that’s something that, of course, needs to be examined further and the reason why they want to go out even though the shelter is already provided,” he said.

Wee said this when met by reporters after attending the Kuching Clean Toilet Campaign certificate presentation  at the MBKS Lobby, here today.

In this regard, he said there was however no need to control the movement of the homeless.

“If they want to go out, let them go out as long as at night they return to the shelter provided.”

The issue however is that every time they are brought into the house, two or three days later they will disappear and efforts will have to made to find them again throughout the Kuching area, he said.

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