KUALA LUMPUR: The unusually cool weather experienced in the country over the last week has been, at most, a minor inconvenience to a majority of Malaysians used to a warm, tropical climate.
But the effect of lower temperatures has been far more trying for the country’s homeless, who must brave the cool, wet weather out in the open.
Mohd Anwar Shah Abdullah, 48, who lives on the streets of the city here, said that he fell ill three days ago when the temperature dipped.
“I have had a fever for the past few days following the continuous rain. I have been sleeping (outside) in wet and cold weather. I have nowhere to go.
“It has been colder than usual, but I don’t have a blanket or thick clothes. I sleep with the clothes that I have,” he said when met at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
Anwar, who has been homeless for 35 years, owns only a short-sleeved shirt and a pair of pants and said that he has no money to see a doctor.
“Luckily, the rain stopped today. I am feeling better,” he added.
Another homeless man, fondly known as ‘Pak Cik Razak’, 75, said this is the coolest weather he has experienced since he started living life on the streets four years ago.
He said he wears the only jacket he owns to stave off the chills at night.
“It is cold in the morning, even colder at night. I sleep on a layer of cardboard and my clothes.
“I hope the cold weather will pass soon. It is tough for me,” he said.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department said that the western part of Peninsular Malaysia is experiencing cooler weather than usual due to the current north-eastern monsoon, which is lashing east coast states with heavy rain.