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MIRI, Aug 24: A temporary transit centre (TTG) for the homeless in Miri is expected to be operational in mid-2024, after repair work on a former Telekom office building along the Kingsway Road here, completed.
According to Minister of Women, Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, once the refurbishment is completed, the centre will be able to accommodate 22 homeless persons, comprising 16 men and 6 women.
“The refurbishment process will take about six months (starting from September this year),” Fatimah said in Miri after attending a talk on Sarawak’s aging population today.
At the event, Fatimah also received a contribution worth RM250,000 from the Yaw Teck Seng Foundation and Samling Group of Companies to help with the refurbishment of the TTG.
Also present to witness the handing over was Fatimah’s deputy Datuk Rosey Yunus.
The mock cheque was presented by Samling Group of Companies chief operating officer James Ho Yam Kuan.
“The model we will be using for this TTG is the same model currently being implemented at the TTG in Sibu, plus some features that Sibu’s doesn’t have such as a soup kitchen to provide free meals to the homeless,” Fatimah told the media.
Meanwhile, Fatimah said from January to July this year, a total of 93 homeless persons were identified in Sarawak, 69 of whom are men.
Kuching recorded 32 people living on the streets, followed by Sibu (17); Bintulu (13); Miri (9), Sarikei (8), six each in Samarahan and Kapit, Sri Aman (5); Serian (4) and one in Mukah. — DayakDaily