TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

People urged not to give money to cart-pushing beggars during Ramadan

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 14, 2019   /   10:27 am
People urged not to give money to cart-pushing beggars during Ramadan Beggars wait for passersby to give them money in Jakarta. (Shutterstock.com/Daxiao Productions)

South Jakarta Social Affairs Agency head Ahmad Dumyani has urged people not to give money to seasonal beggars who thrive in the city during Ramadan, including to those using carts to carry their families.

“I advise people not to give anything to manusia gerobak [cart-pushing beggars] who often wait on the street. Besides not being edifying, it also causes traffic congestion,” he said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

Dumyani said the beggars were seasonal and used Ramadan to garner sympathy and get money. Cart-pushing beggars usually take their family members with them around the city to beg.

He said his office had been monitoring seasonal beggars in several areas in South Jakarta since the start of Ramadan.

“There are many of them on Jl. Raya Kemang and Jl. Raya Pasar Minggu and in Pondok Indah and Radio Dalam,” Dumyani said.

The beggars traveled from various regions, such as Bogor, Sukabumi in West Java, Pemalang, Brebes and Tegal in Central Java.

The South Jakarta Social Affairs Agency will initially use the persuasive approach and ask them to move on, Dumyani said. However, the office will detain them if they persist and interfere with public order.

“We will ask them not to wait in places that can disrupt public facilities. If they insist on staying, we will take them to shelters,” he said. (rin)