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SIBU, July 15: Sibu will become the first division in the state to have a transit place for the homeless (TTG) once the renovation works in Maksak House are completed by September this year.
According to a news report from Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) today, Minister of Welfare, Community Well-being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Dato Seri Fatimah Abdullah said upon completion, TTG Sibu will be able to accommodate a total of 40 homeless individuals at one time.
“TTG Sibu is one of the social support projects for the homeless community in Sibu which was approved by the Sarawak government in 2020.
“It serves as a temporary stopover for the homeless people to clean themselves, eat, as well as sleep at night, before going out the next day for their respective matters. Training will also be provided in order to help them to generate their own income,” she said when visiting the site on Wednesday.
Fatimah noted, TTG Sibu is managed by the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which is officially appointed by the Sarawak Homeless Coordinating Committee (JPGS).
She said the Persatuan Amal Shan Xin Malaysia Sibu branch will act as the anchor of the TTG, with the collaboration from the United Chinese Association (UCA) Sibu Division, Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Sibu, Lion Club Sibu, Junior Chamber International (JCI) Sibu, KRT Brooke Drive and KRT Empawah, Chinese Annual Conference, Methodist Church in Sibu, and few others NGOs, including those who are committed to contribute to TTG Sibu.
“The involvement from the NGOs in operating the TTG are very much welcome in order for Sarawak to achieve the status as a developed and balanced state in 2030, where nobody is left behind,” she added.
Earlier on, Fatimah also officiated a symbolic ceremony of the handing over of Kenyalang Gold Card (KGC) Strategic Partner Plaque and Stickers, held at Fortune Supreme Food Supply (Sibu) Sdn. Bhd.
As of June 30, 2021, the Sarawak Welfare Department (JKMS) has received a total of 207,452 applications for KGC, since 2020, and from January until June this year, a total of 11,592 applications were received. — DayakDaily