A SPECIAL task force to address recurring problems in Jalan Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur, will be formed with a pledge amounting to RM100,000.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara said the problems included illegal foreign workers and the lack of enforcement of hygiene guidelines in the old flats.
The issues were brought up by Jalan Masjid India stakeholders during the deputy minister’s walkabout in the area to distribute face masks and hand sanitiser.“Jalan Masjid India holds significant historical importance for the Indian Muslim community,” said Edmund.
He said the authorities would study the various problems faced by the stakeholders and convey them to the relevant government departments to resolve.
“We hope a cleaner area will encourage more visitors to Jalan Masjid India.
“Our visit proved that the situation is safe at this iconic tourist area.
“The shops have implemented strict standard operating procedures (SOP),” he said, while pledging to promote the street as a must-visit place in Kuala Lumpur.Also present at the press conference were Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress Congress president Datuk Seri Syed Ibrahim Kader, Masjid India Business Association president Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin, Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Fahmi Visuvanathan Abdullah and representatives from Indian Muslim associations based in Jalan Masjid India.
Syed Ibrahim hopes that Jalan Masjid India can be elevated as a vital Islamic hub of commerce in Malaysia.“Jalan Masjid India has always been a tourism icon in Kuala Lumpur and it needs help from the government in redefining and differentiating this area from the other ‘Little Indias’ around the country,” he explained.
Despite the difficult times many traders are facing during the Covid-19 pandemic, none of them are willing to give up on their businesses on this street, said Ameer Ali.
He pointed out that large crowds of tourists visiting Jalan Masjid India in the pre-MCO days proved that it was a key place of interest for tourism.“A lot of us have operated here for many generations and intend to continue our legacy,” he said.
“Our association members have discussed the issue of illegal traders in Jalan Masjid India for many years.
“Even the authorities agree that it is very difficult to clean up the area as many illegal workers have numerous tricks to avoid detection.
“Simply detaining illegal traders does not provide a permanent solution to the problem,” Ameer Ali said.
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