KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25, 2015:

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) plans to set up three temporary shelters for the homeless to sleep at night.

Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Adnan Md Ikhsan said one of them, which occupied half an acre of land and constructed near the Jalan Pahang roundabout, was already 90% complete.

He said the three-story building which was built by Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd. (MRCB) cost RM10 million and placed 250 beds.

“The building was built at a strategic location close to the hospital and is expected to be completed within a month from now,

“It will be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.”

Adnan was speaking at a press conference visiting the Temporary Homeless Service Centre at Lot 1996, Lorong Medan Tuanku 2, here today.

He said the service center would be used as a food distribution outlet to the homeless around Chow Kit, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, and nearby areas.

It featured facilities such as toilets, prayer rooms and treatment rooms, among others.

Four non-governmental organizations comprising the Pertiwi Soup Kitchen, Kechara Soup Kitchen Society, Need to Feed the Need and Kaseh4U would be distributing food there regularly.

Adnan added the remaining two homeless hostels would be built around Chow Kit and Keramat.

DBKL has already identified a suitable location in Chow Kit at Lot 318 and 319 and has started the process of land acquisition.

“In the meantime, the government has proposed to construct a building similar to a ‘counsel room’ for young people who were homeless.

“The government plans to redevelop the old Keramat Market site to build small units where each unit can, for example, have about eight rooms.

“The design is ready but the process takes time, but we hope it becomes reality.”

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