PUTRAJAYA, June 26 (Bernama) -- The Organisation of Small and Medium
Entrepreneurs of Malaysia (Ikhlas) today called on the government to form a
special committee to address the influx of foreign traders into the country,
especially in Kuala Lumpur.
Its president, Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah, said the influx of foreign traders had
affected the businesses of local traders.
He claimed the situation had reached an alarming stage and claimed that this
happened due to lack of enforcement the authorities, including officers from the
Immigration department, the police and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.
Mohd Ridzuan, who was accompanied by about 200 traders from Kuala Lumpur,
told this to reporters after handing over a memorandum to the Prime Minister''s
Special Officer, Datuk Ghazali Ibrahim, here today.
Ikhlas claimed that more than 80 per cent of business premises in Chow
Kit, Lebuh Ampang, Central Market, Keramat Market, Kuala Lumpur Market, Masjid
India, Petaling Street and Segambut were occupied by foreign traders.