The temporary centre for drifters (PPG) at the Malaysian Red Crescent Society’s Hall here in Ipoh was officially closed today (September 15) after a four-month operation.
According to the Executive Councillor for Women and Family Development, Social Welfare and NGO, Datuk Dr Wan Norashikin Wan Noordin, the PPG housed a total of 63 drifters in the duration of its operation.
“Out of the total, 13 were taken into the care of their descendants after profiling, while 10 others who had drug addiction issues were released under the National Anti-Drugs Agency’s (NADA) guarantee. Eight others were sent to Rumah Seri Kenangan, a social welfare centre in Taiping.
“The remaining had secured employment after a job matching session with the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO). Some were referred to the Anjung Singgah National Welfare Foundation (YSK) while searching for places to live when they start working.”
She explained in a media session at the hall today after a closing ceremony for the centre. Also present was the Kinta District Health Officer, Meor Hezbullah Meor Abd Malik.
Wan Norashikin mentioned that the state government is in the midst of planning for a permanent drifters’ centre with the Ipoh City Council (MBI).
“We need to research the suitability of location and other requirements first. Hopefully, it can be executed by next year.
“Drifters are also citizens, only without a place to call home, so their welfare has to be looked after all the more,” she expressed.