Beggars harass Sandakan residents, tourists


SANDAKAN: Residents and tourists were harassed by beggars begging for money from them on the streets of Sandakan town.These beggars, believed to be illegal immigrants, would carry out their activities with their babies and children in the centre of the town, especially near the coffee shops at Jalan Tiga.

Johnny Chong, a retiree, said these beggars were a nuisance as they entered the coffee shops and demanded money from the customers.

“The worst part is that they harassed our visiting tourists. This gives a very bad image to the tourists and visitors,” he added.

He urged the relevant government departments and agencies to get these beggars out of the streets.

A spokesman of the Sandakan Municipal Council when contacted yesterday, said the enforcement unit would round up these beggars.