Homelessness in Kuala Lumpur rising despite reopened economy


Angie Tan

Eric Teh, aide to Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, says more unemployed middle-aged people are becoming homeless in Kuala Lumpur. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, June 26, 2022.

HOMELESSNESS appears to be on the rise in Bukit Bintang, Pudu and Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, as undocumented migrants and middle-aged unemployed join old people sleeping on five-foot-ways despite the economy reopening from the pandemic restrictions.

Eric Teh, an aide to Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, said the number increased as Covid-19 restrictions eased and the economy reopened. Among the homeless are foreign nationals, he added.


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