KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 (Bernama) -- The function of the "Anjung Singgah", a
one-stop intervention centre to help the homeless in the country, will be
expanded to help victims of crime and those with health problems.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat
Abdul Jalil said that the centre had so far helped 33 people who lost their
identification cards to apply for new ones with the help of the National
"We know that this centre gives priority to assisting the homeless, but its
function has been expanded to include helping victims of crime, like snatch
theft victims, to get back their personal documents, like identity cards, and
those with health problems, for treatment at hospitals.
"Anjung Singgah will help them by referring them to the relevant agencies,"
she told reporters after visiting the centre here today.
The centre, located at Jalan Hang Lekiu, began operation last April 9.
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Meanwhile, when asked to comment on the rising trend of late marriage among
women, Shahrizat said the matter should not be made an issue as it was a trend
among working women.
"Women in this era want to have everything ready before they get married,
economically, mentally and physically.
"What needs to be discussed is how far have the government and its agencies
conduct a study and provide the infrastructure required by working women when
they get married, like kindergartens at the work place," she said.
On three-year-old Nur Izyan Natasya @Aisyah Ishak, 3, who died after her
father left her in a car in the blazing sun to attend a funeral, Shahrizat said
it should be a lesson to everybody.
"It''s a wake up call to all. You definitely can''t lock your children inside
the car," she added.
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