300 Homeless People Glad To Get Food, Haircuts – New Straits Times

FRIDAY, 16 JUNE 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: A mother’s struggle to find employment here has sent her and her three children to the brink of homelessness.

The woman, who wanted to be known only as Aerni, 35, said she had hoped to have a better life when she moved from Melaka to here.

“But, I still can’t land a permanent job after four months of living here.”

Aerni said she had taken up odd jobs so she could rent a room at a budget hotel for between RM50 and RM80 daily.

Aerni, who attended the UiTM Holdings Community charity event at Anjung Singgah here, said she was grateful that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) cared for the needy.

“I’m thankful that my children can have good food tonight. It is not everyday that we get to have a real meal.”

She said she planned to continue staying here even during Hari Raya Aidilfitri so that she could get a job and bring her remaining family members here.

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Sahabat Gelandangan representative Azizi Kamizi (left) handing over donated items to Yayasan Kebajikan Negara chief executive officer Datuk Rafek Reshidullah (second from left) in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Present are UiTM Holdings group corporate marketing and communication head Irma Mahamad Tahir (second from right), and celebrities Zara Zya (centre) and Amar Asyraf (right).

A homeless man who wanted to be known as Yap, 67, said he was excited to get a haircut as he did not have the money to go to a barber.

“Living on the streets is hard I don’t have much money and I have to prioritise with whatever I have to buy basic needs, mainly food. When someone organises an event for the needy, it makes most of us happy with a simple haircut,” he said.

UiTM Holdings held a corporate social responsibility event at the Yayasan Kebajikan Negara transit centre, Anjung Singgah, where some 300 homeless people were given free meals.

The homeless queued up as early as 2.30pm for the meal and a health check-up. They were offered free haircuts and the chance to meet celebrities, such as Zara Zya, Amar Asyraf and Tajdid Hadhari.

UiTM Holdings group corporate marketing and communication head Irma Mahamad Tahir said this was the first event held by the company to help the poor.

Present was Yayasan Kebajikan Negara chief executive officer Datuk Rafek Reshidullah.