M'sian government to meet soup kitchens, says Najib

PETALING JAYA - The Government will hold discussions with soup kitchens to reach an amicable outcome for all affected parties, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister also stressed that the Government remains very concerned about the dilemma faced by the homeless.

"@TengkuAdnanReal will be discussing with Soup Kitchen to find a mutual acceptable solution for all parties," tweeted Najib on Saturday.

The tweet came after Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor announced on Thursday that soup kitchens will no longer be allowed to operate within a 2km radius of Lot 10 because they allegedly encouraged people to remain homeless and unemployed.

"The govt is very concerned about the plight of the homeless and poor. Appreciate the role played by volunteers such as Soup Kitchen," Najib tweeted.

While soup kitchens will not be able to operate within the city centre, Tengku Adnan had said on Friday that his ministry and DBKL have measures in place to ensure the homeless are taken care of.

The measures include identifying suitable locations to accommodate the homeless and beggars by providing facilities like Anjung Singgah homes, and finding suitable locations for NGOs to set up food distribution centres.