Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Plight Of The Homeless

I am sure you have seen a poor homeless person lying by the pavements or corridors at night. Did you feel sorry, sad or guilty of your own bedroom's luxury & comfort after seeing them? I often felt very uneasy and such thoughts provoked my senses that there is little care or help being given to them. While most candidates will scream their lungs out pledging funds, relief and development if they get voted at the elections, have you heard them say they will feed and clothe all the poor and hungry?

One thing surprised me was that, the bigger the city, the more homeless people will appear at nightfall. If you have the chance to visit Manhattan in NYC, you will drop your jaws while making your way at the dark alleys and boulevards at near midnight. It was a shock beyond beliefs seeing them unfold card boxes to lie down and cover with paper materials. Now that pitiful sight is common in KL too. Who says NO?

What should we do to help? Many are very old and sick ones who could someday be ourselves, loved ones or friends too.





22 comments:

  1. I wonder if they get any welfare from the Government. Some charities and churches do have soup kitchens for them.

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  2. They get nothing from their govt but the soup supplies from Meals On Wheels & Churches are regular with simple medical supplies.

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  3. Seen this scene frequently in my town here. Feel pitiful for the old folks and always wonder what happened to their family.

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  4. Saw some are younger, i.e 40+ and I seriously think they are still able to use both their hands and feet to earn a decent living, instead of loitering aimlessly at the kaki lima.

    But different story for senior citizens....

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  5. No one ever bother for the homeless. Sadly, they are being treated as waste.

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  6. Some are young and many are fit enough to go and do some work and earn a decent living. No sympathy for these - they are there by choice...either too lazy to work or they're drug addicts, scums of the earth.

    If they are disabled or old and infirm, then that's another story...but then again, there are homes for such people - government-run or those by private charitable bodies. Why don't they go there?

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  7. sometimes when seeing people sleeping at the lima kaki, i will wonder if they are sleeping, fainted or dead there..

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  8. but then i couldn't help much but just to walk away doing nothing..

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  9. yes, very true that this is very common in big cities.. either people flock in but then cannot survived through competition, or perhaps people in the city are more self-protected and rather not take the risk to help..

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  10. but thambee thought anay has seen this so many times already back in our slum?? people are sleeping as if they are on their own bed on the street.. and anay also used to sleep like that too with letchumi for fun~~

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  11. but i don't think the authority is doing much to help the homeless.. they only think of their own benefits and bottomline and never serve the people.. or just serve them in front of the media only..

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  12. I've always believed this,if we were to stop corruption (see billions are lost through the wicked act) and true good governance, we are able to provide more for the people at large, we can build affordable homes, have more sustainable health cares.............you agree with me,bro?

    But they again, I have little sympathy for those who have done wrong during their prime,cheated their family,ended up being abandoned by their children,,, how to feel sad for them,,,when you were rich,you forgot about your family,,they suffer,,now ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,haiz

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  13. we couldn't do much ourselves..the government should do something about it

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  14. hmm.. i don't know what to think in cases like these. A part of me always wonder, why don't hey try to find some opportunities to do better.

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  15. most of the people always got this mind-set: "I cannot help myself, why I should help you?". If the mind-set I mention just now continue for more than 10-30 years. U can see Time Square and KLCC back alley got tons of people sleep there lol :X

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  16. HI There, We all should do more to help the poor and homeless. However, in this country, money that should go to help the poor doesn't usually get to the right people...

    AND--they say that so many of the homeless around here don't really want to be helped. They just want to be left alone. Kinda sad, isn't it????

    Many of our homeless are those who have mental problems, or drinking or drug problems... It's just a very sad thing... I truly don't know what we can do to help. I will pray for them.

    Have a good weekend.
    Betsy

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  17. what if the people is from foreign country? hmm??

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  18. I rather help the one that help themselves. Y?

    If a handicapped dog can walk without front legs, and these ppl is not disable at all.

    U cant help a plain lazy person. Use yr kindness wisely, else ended up more ppl like these.

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  19. when i first started work in masjid jamek area, got a culture shock, many homeless here, just sleeping on the sidewalks, along the river banks etc.

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  20. We don't know how they feel and what kind of life they are going through. Hope they will get shelter soon.

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  21. Homelessness is nationwide and, really, worldwide. The reasons vary -- everything from mental illness to simply having a husband get sick and a wife lose a minimum wage job and get evicted. The song "Souls Harbor Mission" speaks of these things.

    It is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ7pF4JEgXE

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  22. Homelessness is nationwide and, really, worldwide. The reasons vary -- everything from mental illness to simply having a husband get sick and a wife lose a minimum wage job and get evicted. The song "Souls Harbor Mission" speaks of these things.

    It is available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJ7pF4JEgXE

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