PUTRAJAYA: SOUP kitchen operators will be allowed to operate in the city as usual, until Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

After that, the 2km radius ban that stretches from Lot 10 in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur will be enforced.

Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan said the issue should not have taken a sensational twist and that it was due to a misunderstanding.

“Some of the things said by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor were misreported, but now everyone has a clearer understanding of the issue.

“We hope to work with the non-governmental organisations to find an amicable and working solution to this issue.

“One way is through labs to discuss long- and short-term plans, which will include issues like logistics, finances, facilities, accommodation and other related factors,” Adnan said after chairing a meeting with 12 NGOs as well soup kitchen operators.

Adnan told them that it was their responsibility to ensure cleanliness in the areas they operated.

“The issue here is the food distribution process, where rubbish is strewn later. We want to work together so that everyone in the city will be able to enjoy being part of it.”

When asked if there was a plan to build a centre for the homeless as part of a long-term solution, Adnan said it would be discussed in the lab.

Pertiwi Soup Kitchen chairman and founder Munirah Abdul Hamid said she was happy with the meeting, as it cleared up some issues.

“I think some things were said prematurely, but we’re hoping for the lab to come up with solutions.

“This is about helping the homeless, so it is important that the government and NGOs work together.”

Kechara Soup Kitchen president Datuk Ruby Khong said the meeting helped clear
some anxiety and grievances by the operators and NGOs.

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