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No help from Putrajaya for the marginalized children and homeless in Chow Kit this Christmas

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 23rd of December, 2014

Christmas is traditionally associated with the giving of gifts and helping those who are in less fortunate positions. However, this Christmas, the poor and the marginalized in the Chow Kit area have gotten news that funding from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development will be taken away for two NGOs which cater to their needs.

On the 19th of December, it was reported that Ministry funding of RM700,000 for Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial (PBKS) which was channelled through the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) would be stopped starting in 2015.[1] Since its establishment in 2007 as a partnership between an NGO and the Ministry, PBKS has acted as a one-stop center to the marginalized in the Chow Kit area.[2] According to reports and testimony of volunteers[3], PBKS seems to be providing exactly the kind of services which the Minister of Federal Territories, Tengku Adnan, had said DBKL would supply.[4] But with the stoppage of funding from the Ministry, the ability of PBKS to continue its services and activities have been put in danger.

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Minister for Family, Women and Community Development, Dato Seri’ Rohani Abdul Karim should fulfil her promise and allow Members of Parliament to visit the Desa Bini Diri halfway home for the homeless in Sungai Buloh

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 17th of July, 2014

Last Sunday, on the 13th of July, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Dato Seri’ Rohani Abdul Karim said that “The perception spun is that we are about to catch them and put them in cells. That is not true. We don’t do that. Now we have the opposition parties wanting to go to Desa Bina Diri (centre for the homeless) in Sungai Buloh to see our facilities there because they think it is a cell. They are welcome to have a look.”[1]

I had written to the Minister almost a month ago, on the 23rd of June, asking for an official visit for interested Members of Parliament. On the 7th of July, I got in touch with the Minister’s private secretary, Encik Reza-Rizvy Ahmad, and repeated this request. Until today, despite the Minister’s promise in the Star newspaper to welcome us – the opposition parties – to have a look, I have not received any positive response from either the Minister or her private secretary.

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Destitute Person’s Act should not be used like the recently abolished Internal Security Act (ISA) to detain the homeless against their will

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 6th of July, 2014

The homeless in Kuala Lumpur will be facing a serious threat to their freedom starting on Monday with the start of “Ops Qaseh” which is being led by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.[1] The Minister, Dato’ Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, was reported to have said that this will be a ‘comprehensive’ operation to “ensure that there are no more Malaysians begging and wandering around the streets without getting the appropriate protection”. Furthermore, the Minister is reported to have said that the homeless will be “be given care and rehabilitation for three years and can be released early under two conditions, as per Section 8(1) of the Destitute Persons Act 1977, which are: The authorities are satisfied that the resident has obtained appropriate work to sustain themselves or has been released to someone who can support and take care of them”.

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