Coalition of the Urban Poor

The Coalition of the Urban Poor is a loose coalition of groups and organisations concerned about and working with issues of homelessness in Malaysia. EMPOWER was one of the founders and core members since the coalition was formed in July 2014, in response to anti-homeless policies and law amendments announced by the Federal Territories Minister and the the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development.

The Coalition’s aim is to advocate for the prioritisation of voices from the homeless community to inform national laws and policies. It does not seek to speak on behalf of homeless persons, but to ensure an enabling environment for the full participation of homeless persons in decision-making processes.


Memorandum Warga Miskin Kota (22 July 2014)

Press Statements

Stop the Amendments and Repeal the Destitute Persons Act 1977 (8 December 2014)
Permintaan Penjelasan dan Perkembangan Warga Miskin Kota (15 August 2014)
Response to “Homeless Beg To Be Freed from Sungai Buloh Centre” | Respon kepada “Orang Gelandangan Minta Dibebaskan dari Pusat Perlindungan Sungai Buloh” (18 July 2014)
Abolish Destitute Persons Act 1977 | Mansuhkan Akta Orang-Orang Papa 1977 (8 July 2014)

Fact Sheets

Food Not Bombs KL’s Factsheet on Act 183: The Destitute Persons Act 1977
Food Not Bombs KL’s Policy Sheet on Homelessness in Malaysia


(2014, BM and English) A press conference by a coalition of non-governmental bodies formed to support the homeless community in Kuala Lumpur after announcements of crackdowns targeting the community and soup kitchens.