REASONS PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN MALAYSIA
Homeless is defined as people who have nowhere to live, and who often live on the streets (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, 2008). Almost all countries in the world are facing this phenomenon. However, in Asia there is only one percent of people who are homeless (The U.S. Conference of Mayor, 2001). Do you think people in Malaysia are also homelessness? A 61 year old man, Lim Tian Swee who was mistaken for a beggar had confessed that he was homeless for about nine months and habitually napped at the Pasar Seni LRT Station with other hundreds of people there (Star Newspaper, January 7, 2008). This shows that Malaysians are also experiencing this problem. Unfortunately, it appears that Malaysia government has failed to acknowledge a clear statistic on the numbers of homeless people. In recent years its nature and composition has changed significantly with an increase in the numbers of persons experiencing homelessness. Why do you think these people are having their sleep on the streets? According to the statistics, the number of homeless people in Malaysia is increasing due to several reasons, which are poverty, unaffordability of housing and running away from problems. The main reason people in Malaysia are homeless because they are facing poverty in their life. Poverty happens when a family suffers negative financial changes due to poor health, unemployment, and other temporary events. For example, one of a member in a low-income family fights for a serious illness and he cannot afford to pay for the medicine cost. Therefore, he has to find a job as the alternative to earn money to cure the illness. Unfortunately, he fails for the job recruitment because of his disability. The loss of job results him in loss of accommodation because of insufficient funding to acquire shelter. As the result, he may start a downward spiral thus it will lead him into the homelessness. “People can be so apathetic. They continue to...
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