Five NGOs Urge Action Against Foreign Traders

KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 (Bernama) -- Five non- governmental organisations (NGO) urged authorities on Saturday to take stern action on foreigners who set up business in the city.

They are Ikatan Rakyat Insan Muslim Malaysia (IRIM), Martabat Jalinan Muhibbah Malaysia (MJMM), Malaysia Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Alliance (Ikhlas), Malay, Chinese, Indian and Others (MCIO) and the Al-Ehsan Islamiah Welfare Organisation.

Ikhlas president Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah said the presence of foreign traders especially those from Indonesia, Pakistan and Bagladesh who set up business illegally not only affects the income of local traders but also the nation's economy.

"The influx of foreign traders in areas like Masjid India, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, and Jalan Haji Taib is a concern to local traders. They (foreign traders) are believed to use the licence of local traders to do business.

"We must curb this flood of foreign traders in the city. For example, if a factory takes in 500 foreign workers, it must control and make sure the workers don't go out as they wish," he told reporters here.

Therefore, he wanted the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Immigration Department to monitor and seize any business sites should it be rented to a foreigner.

"We (NGO) will give the authorities three days to 'clean up' the areas monopolised by foreign traders," said Mohd Ridzuan.

If no action is taken, he said the NGOs involved will hold a massive protest to chase out the illegal traders.


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