ALTHOUGH the Selangor government has disallowed Klang’s Jalan Tengku Kelana business enclave to be named Little India, traders can use the moniker on their business signboards, said the council.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said shopowners were allowed to have the word Little India printed or painted on the signboards or walls at their premises.
“The council’s Licensing Department is more accommodating to allow businesses to grow.
“No application is needed to add the moniker Little India on the signboards or have it painted on the side walls.
“But, for murals to be painted on the walls, we would like to have an artist’s impression submitted to us which will be vetted, and can be approved within hours,” he said.
Mohamad Yasid added that MPK supported the growth of the businesses in Little India and wanted murals at the enclave to depict the Indian culture.
“South Klang business enclave has become well known as Little India with thriving traders dealing in textiles, silverware, gold business and spices.
“We want to support them totally. MPK will do all to help, not hinder business growth.
“With business growth comes job opportunities. So, less red tape on our side,” he said.
Mohamad Yasid dismissed speculation that he was against the traders in Little India adhering to the Selangor government’s move to turn down the Entrepreneurs Association of Little India Klang’s application to gazette the moniker Little India.
“It was the Selangor state executive council that made the decision not to allow Little India to be officially named in the Government Gazette.
“MPK was not involved in this decision at all,” he said, adding that the traders could appeal on the matter at the state level.
In a letter addressed to the Entrepreneurs Association of Little India Klang, MPK had informed the association of the state’s decision.
Association president N.P. Raman appealed to Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali to reconsider the decision.
“Our association believes that a politician is involved in hindering the efforts to make the Little India name official.
“We need Azmin Ali to straighten out this matter for the good of all businessmen.
“We need the moniker Little India to be gazetted to strengthen our businesses and boost tourism,” he said.
Raman added that the state must see the bigger picture of tourist influx, higher earnings that translate to higher tax revenue for the state and Federal Government.
“The state government should support the Federal Government’s proposal to declare 2017 as Visit Klang Year,” he added.