MCO: Perak govt opens second homeless transit centre

Cubicles put up for the homeless at the temporary shelter in Pusat Komuniti Sentul Perdana in Kuala Lumpur April 7, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Cubicles put up for the homeless at the temporary shelter in Pusat Komuniti Sentul Perdana in Kuala Lumpur April 7, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara

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IPOH, April 19 — The Perak government has opened a second transit centre for the homeless in the state in a bid to provide protection to the less fortunate during the movement control order (MCO).

State Women Development, Family and Social Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Dr Wan Norashikin Wan Nordin said the cubicle-based centre at the Badminton Arena with the current capacity to house 77 people, was also established to prevent the group from becoming another Covid- 19 cluster.

She said 49 homeless people comprising 46 men and three women between the ages of 21 and 78 from around Ipoh had been brought to the centre since yesterday evening.

“There are now two homeless transit centres in Perak, the first one is in Kamunting, Taiping, which has placed about 15 people since last week,” she said when met by reporters after visiting the centre here today.

According to Wan Norashikin, those placed at the centre received daily meals prepared by non-governmental organisations from around Ipoh, while they were also provided with clothes and access to clean bathrooms.

She said 42 personnel from various agencies including the Ipoh City Council, Social Welfare Department, Malaysian Civil Defence Force and People’s Volunteer Corps were also stationed at the centre for security purposes. — Bernama

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