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Khamis, Jun 20, 2024
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Temporary shelter to be expanded: James

JAMES RATIB


KOTA KINABALU: The expansion of the temporary shelter project (PPS) for street children in Tawau and Sandakan is now under consideration by the State Government, explained the Minister of Community Development and People’s Well-being (KPMKR), Datuk James Ratib.


According to him, the development is a follow-up to the implementation of a pilot project that was implemented earlier this year.


He added that his party will discuss with the federal government or even the state government to provide permanent buildings for street children in the future.
“We are aware that this matter will always be repeated from time to time. Therefore we must have a guideline so that this matter is permanent and not just for a temporary period.
“But for now, we will focus on efforts to save street children. And this will be carried out in stages,” he said when met by the media at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly (DUN) here recently.
James who is also the Sugut Assemblyman said that his side is now identifying former government houses in Tawau and Sandakan that will be used as homes for the street children.
“Here they will be trained and educated on the basic things of life so that they will no longer beg on the streets and outskirts of the city.
“Now we are negotiating with the Ministry of Finance in terms of the budget for the repair of the houses,” he said.
James added, street children in Kota Kinabalu who were previously rescued and placed in temporary shelters have already been returned to their families with conditions.
“Right now, there are about 20 more children living there. However, I and the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) will always monitor this matter from time to time,” he said.
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