Second integrated op identifies 25 homeless individuals on Sibu’s streets

Operation personnel approach a homeless individual at the Rajang Esplanade children's playground.

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SIBU, Sept 21: A total of 25 homeless individuals were identified in the second integrated operation for this year.

The operation last night was led by the Social Welfare Department and involved a total of 15 agencies, including the National Anti-Drug Agency, National Registration Department, Royal Malaysia Police, and Malaysian Civil Defence Force, as well as Sibu Hospital’s Social Medical Work Unit and Psychiatric Unit.

Others were the Sibu Rural District Council, Sarawak Islamic Religious Department, Sibu Municipal Council, Sibu District Office, Sarawak Public Communications Unit, and Sibu Division Health Office.

“We will screen them to ensure whether they are mentally stable or not experiencing any mental health issues.

“If they are found to be normal (not mentally ill), they will be sent to the Sibu temporary transit centre (TTG), but if they have mental health problems, we will refer them to the Health Ministry (MOH),” said Awang Mohammed Nizam Awang Ali Bohan, a representative from the Resident’s Office.

Awang Mohammed Nizam added that the twice-a-year operation was held to identify and assist the homeless population in Sibu, update their database, and place them in TTG.

The operation was carried out along Jalan Khoo Peng Loong, Pasar, Jalan Mission, Jalan Tan Sri, Jalan Maju, Rajang Esplanade, Jalan Pulau, Jalan Bank, Jalan Temple, Chew Geok Lin Street, Night Market, Jalan Channel, Jalan Chambers, Jalan Bengkel Street, Jalan Market, Jalan Kampung Nyabor, Jalan Morshidi Sidek, Raminway, Jalan Lintang, Jalan Wong Nai Siong, Jalan Sanyan, Town Square, Jalan Kampung Datu, and Jalan Tunku Osman. — DayakDaily