GEORGETOWN — June 15, 2016: They may be on the streets seeking alms for a living but these beggars may have more money than the givers.
Information obtained from beggars picked up by the authorities during operations shows that some can pocket up to RM1,000 a day.
“It is because of the generosity of Malaysians that gives the opportunity for beggars to thrive on their kindness,” said Penang Welfare Services director Said Sidup after a programme to educate the public on the need to address the problem of begging.
In view of this situation, Said advises the people to be cautious when giving out alms to beggars because some of them are controlled by syndicates.
To overcome the problem, people wishing to donate should channel their donations to registered bodies, like mosques and welfare organisations.
The Penang Welfare Services Department has conducted 150 operations to clear the streets of beggars since January, during which 201 beggars were rounded up. Fifty-nine were foreigners. — Bernama