While Ramadan is approaching, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had put a ban on non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or individuals who intend to help the homeless during Ramadan, and with effective immediately.
DBKL had released a statement on 9 April, saying that city council intends to prevent waste and pollution in the city, and it is an initiative to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic too.
DBKL added that the direct distribution of food to the homeless had caused inconvenience to the owners of the premises in the area too. They normally distribute food at hotspot locations such as around Masjid Jamek, Central Market, and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
DBKL finds that the food distribution activities seemed to be out of control too, especially during the Ramadan month.
DBKL provides Alternatives
DBKL isn’t that cold-hearted too and they do not intend to leave the homeless as it is. DBKL stated that those who intend to assist the homeless with food can do so through the two homeless transit centres in Jalan Pahang and the community learning centre in Chow Kit.
DBKL added that those who wish to donate food can dial 03-2617 6321 to schedule the distribution. However, those who failed to abide by the directive could face enforcement action.