SINGAPORE (Bernama): “I’ve a house, however I prefer it this manner. It’s my selection.”
This was the reply of a Malaysian met by Bernama final night time whereas checking on claims of Malaysian staff being amongst teams of homeless folks in Singapore.
The three-hour commentary that began at 10pm was carried out in a number of elements of Kallang, which is situated within the central area of island.
Kallang was picked based mostly on Singapore’s first nationwide research launched in November final yr that discovered it was one of many 5 areas on the island with the biggest variety of homeless folks.
Solely eager to be referred to as Chris, the 48-year-old who hails from Miri, Sarawak was a cleaner at Changi Worldwide Airport
When Bernama got here throughout Chris, she was sitting alone at a hawker centre whereas watching her favorite present on her cell phone.
Requested why she selected to sleep on the streets, the 48-year-old stated: “I like being alone.”
Chris, nevertheless, indicated that she would have been keen to stay indoors if she had been given the selection of getting the entire room to herself.
When prompted, Chris, who got here to Singapore a yr in the past, accepted a blanket supplied and was additionally seen fidgeting with a can of cat meals, later admitting that she adored cats and sometimes fed the strays that roam the hawker centre.
Chris, the one Malaysian from about 30 homeless folks the author met final night time, has been on the streets for the previous two months.
In addition to the hawker centre, some have been discovered on the corners across the playground, the steps of the Housing Growth Board (HDB) and the industrial constructing.
These locations fell throughout the findings of the research launched by the Lee Kuan Yew Faculty of Public Coverage (LKYSPP) on the Nationwide College of Singapore, a yr in the past.
The primary nationwide research of homelessness in Singapore, supported by the republic’s Ministry of Social and Household Growth, discovered that about 1,000 folks have been sleeping on the streets.
The ministry has outlined a homeless individual as somebody “who feels he has no residence to return to, whether or not he owns a home or is renting a spot.”
Aside from Kallang, the research additionally discovered Bukit Merah, Rochor, and Geylang because the areas with the biggest numbers of homeless folks ranging between 51-100 whereas Downtown had greater than 100 folks.
In the meantime, when contacted, Gilbert Goh, the founder and the president of Transitioning.org stated: “I believe most (Malaysians) have managed to get their very own lodging.”
Bernama was made to grasp that based mostly on passport renewals since June, an estimated 25,000 Malaysians reside within the Republic. – Bernama