Foreign beggars: Giving them access to jobs and education as a way to strengthen Malaysia’s economy – Experts

SHAH ALAM – Foreign beggars should be given access to employment and education as a way to strengthen Malaysia’s economy, human rights experts say.

Gloreng Amara Das, executive director of Tenaganita, said allowing foreign beggars to work and attend school in the country would foster a sense of equality and support for them.

She said providing such support would not only improve their lives but also ease the burden on Malaysians.

She said this will further develop the community so that even the most disadvantaged Malaysians can contribute to economic and personal growth.

“How can we make their lives easier? We should be able to get them to work and go to school, and through this kind of support they can contribute to the economy.

“We see them (beggars) everywhere, at 7e, KK Mart, 99 Speed ​​Mart and many other places that could give them more ‘income’ and I also want to do this. I’ve seen it personally.

“By giving them access to employment and education, there will be less begging and begging with babies on their laps,” she told Sinner Daily.

Mr Groren highlighted the prevalence of foreign begging during Ramadan, saying the problem does not only exist during Ramadan, but has been going on for decades.

She also expressed uncertainty about whether people rely on begging as a consistent source of “income” or just ask for donations intermittently.

“I am more concerned about the fact that children cannot access work or school. These aspects deserve further consideration when discussing issues related to begging.

“We should make their lives easier by giving them the right to work and the right to education, which will ultimately balance the sense of equality in this country,” she said. Ta.

Adrian Pereira, executive director of the non-governmental organization North South Initiative, echoed Groren’s sentiments and said he understands the seriousness of the problem, including the changing language used to describe individuals in need in Malaysia. He said there is a need to expand this issue.

He suggested that the term “beggar” be replaced with “destitute people” or “people seeking the right to livelihood” to avoid insulting people seeking assistance.

“We should rather call them the destitute or people seeking the right to life.

“Foreigners mainly come here to work and open businesses to support their families,” he said when contacted.

He explained that although the increase in foreigners may be mistakenly perceived as putting pressure on the economy, their intention was to work and contribute positively to the economy.

He said this would not only help their families but also benefit the country rather than relying on begging as a means of livelihood.

Citing the 2008 British drama film “Slumdog Millionaire,” which was loosely adapted from the Indian novel “Q&A” (2005), Pereira said a situation similar to the one in the movie could occur in Malaysia. He said people took advantage of their poor situation. Ultimately, it will affect others.

“In desperate situations, coming out of unemployment, completely penniless and potentially homeless, they sought to earn some income by asking for donations on the streets.

“What matters is whether they have social protection to protect their rights, especially for immigrants and groups that are recognized but are less advantaged than locals,” he said. Ta.

He also said there are government policies to help migrants receive compensation.

For example, he said, the International Labor Organization recently included efforts to protect the wages of migrants, including through wage claims to ensure they are paid adequately and equitably.

Pereira also said begging on the street is an act of decency and should not be the last option for people facing hardship.

He also highlighted possible suspicious aspects surrounding the growing number of poor people and suggested they may be linked to syndicates.

While expressing dissatisfaction with the increase in the number of people in need, he said the public’s concerns were legitimate about pretending to be a “beggar” and that further investigation was needed to determine whether the act was ethical. said it was necessary.

“The Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and other relevant agencies need to investigate whether these people are really beggars or involved in syndicates, which is really troubling. It does not detract from the view of people who are

“We can help those in real need, such as migrant workers. There are also dedicated embassies and charities that can help. But begging should not be promoted.” said.

It was recently reported that the number of beggars appears to have increased during the holy month.

Research conducted by Sinar around the Klang Valley shows that most of the beggars were Rohingya, who usually brought children with them as a way to gain sympathy from the community.

Observations also reportedly revealed a group of beggars, including Indonesians, posing as tissue sellers.

Investigations into Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman revealed that although some of them were unarmed, they aggressively approached people, demanding money and selling tissues at eateries. found.

In Chow Kit, on the other hand, the average beggar in the area was seen as able to live comfortably, as he was seen to have luxurious conveniences such as a mobile phone.

Previously, Nancy said that the main reason why foreign beggars increased in some major cities in the country during Ramadan was the generosity of Malaysians, and they even consider Malaysia as the foundation for their future blessings. He was reported to have said.

He said that although various efforts had been made, the problem still persisted as many foreigners did not stop entering the country to beg.

Meanwhile, a total of 380 foreign beggars were arrested in the capital from January to August last year, but only 98 will be arrested in 2022, according to Ministry of Welfare statistics.

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