A study conducted by the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) revealed that about 30 locations in the Klang Valley, including commercial centres and residential areas, are dominated by foreigners.
Some of these places are too dominated by foreigners that their original names were replaced with Achehnese village, Cambodian village, mini Jakarta, Myanmar market or African condominium.
An exclusive report of Berita Harian said that of Indonesians, Bangladeshis, Myanmars, Nepalese, Chinese, Africans, Cambodians and Vietnamese are becoming more familiar in shopping centres, restaurants, ports and factories.
In some localities, foreigners outnumbered the locals and also monopolised business premises such as markets, grocery stores, food outlets and barber shops.
Statistics showed that out of the six million population in the Klang Valley, 222,843 are registered foreigners living in Kuala Lumpur, 438,425 are illegal immigrants yet to be registered and 577,427 are illegal immigrants registered under the Home Ministry's 6P Programme.
The increasing presence of foreigners in areas around, Selayang, Puchong, Sungai Buloh and Kajang has made locals feel uneasy, said Berita Harian.
"Most Malaysians claimed that the rising number of foreigners in their village, condominium, apartment or housing estates resulted in many locals leaving the vicinity as they could not stand the attitude or disturbances they (the foreigners) created," said the paper.
Quoting Fatimah Daud, Professor at IIUM Sociology and Anthropology Department Berita Harian noted that foreigners prefer to settle in areas with plenty of job opportunities and where they have friends or relatives.
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