Saturday, February 20, 2010

Musa wants probe on homeless Sabahans in KL

Malaysia is a small country well served by budget airlines that now make air travel affordable. But still, there are migrant workers who find themselves stranded in one spot without the resources to get back home.

Could it be true that 400 Sabahans are in such dire straits in Kuala Lumpur that they have been left stranded, unemployed, homeless and wandering the streets and alleyways of the city?

Musa Aman wants to know too, so the Sabah Chief Minister has instructed two state ministries to investigate a media report highlighting the problem.

"I have instructed both the Community Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry and the Human Resource Information Technology Development Ministry to look into the allegation and conduct a thorough investigation on the Sabahans who were said to be homeless in Kuala Lumpur.

Good advice

"I also advise those without permanent (job) contracts or confirmation from valid employment agents not to go to Kuala Lumpur to avoid being cheated and stranded in the capital," he told reporters after attending Penampang MCA's Chinese New Year open house here yesterday.

Acccording to a newspaper report, the reporter claimed to have met with 15 Sabahans and three Sarawakians at a shelter home run by a non-governmental organisation, which offered free food for the homeless in Kuala Lumpur.

Most of the Sabahans had apparently came to the peninsula, with the promise of jobs by private employment agents but were later laid off due to involvement in social problems.

"If they are unemployed or homeless in Kuala Lumpur, it's better for them to just come back to Kota Kinabalu where they can find a job or start a small business to earn a proper income," said Musa.

news courtesy of Malaysian Mirror

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