LETTERS: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Malaysian government have imposed restriction of movement for 14 days to reduce the spread of the infections.
So, for those who have home have been asked to stay at home. We are gratefully safe.
However, how about the fate of those homeless people on the streets? If any of them made contact with the virus it will be difficult to curb since restriction of movement physically doesn't apply to them.
Besides, since there are lesser movement of working class people they might don't even get any donations to fill their belly on top with the closure and changes of operating hours of some eateries.
Plus, they might don't even have awareness of Do's and Don'ts on prevention during this outbreak period since most of the information travel through smart phone with internet connection.
I believe they should be given access to some extend of safety and security e.g. mask and hand sanitiser. Offer temporary isolation place for them for monitoring purpose and some donations of meals.
Homelessness can happen to anybody. Poverty in a community is not just governments’ problem, its everybody's problem. Immediate help should be given for those who need under the present circumstances.
SETAPAK, KUALA LUMPUR
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