KUALA LUMPUR: Over 300 homeless people are expected to get minimum wage jobs under an initiative introduced by Federal Territories Ministry.
Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa via a statement said 93 homeless people from the first batch of interviewees would begin work on May 13.
21 homeless people have been offered to work for three respective companies: Adabi Consumer Industries Sdn Bhd, Hartalega NGC Sdn Bhd and Harumi Brands Sdn Bhd.
Another 51 homeless people will be interviewed by three other companies, namely Top Glove Sdn Bhd, Tesco Malaysia and Trendcell Sdn Bhd which owns Jaya Supermarket.
They will be given a place to stay, paid according to Minimum Wage, EPF and SOCSO also included.
Annuar hoped they will have “a better life and will not return to their old way of life.”
Giat Mara and the Kuala Lumpur Industrial Training Institute, give them skills training as well.
“Next week, more career opportunity briefings and interviews will be held at six transit facilities for the homeless,” he added.
At this point of time, nearly 300 people occupy temporary shelters as part of Covid-19 relief programme.
There are currently two permanent centres as well as 10 temporary ones which were recently set up.
The number of homeless people increased after the MCO, from 250 people on March 24 to 908 now, Annuar said.
He said the transit centres are housing 753 people, including 79 women, four children and 71 foreigners.