Hawkers see red over council's 'Ah Long' move


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  • Wednesday, 10 Mar 2004

HAWKERS in the Kajang market are angry over the method the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) has adopted to collect rental arrears from them, reports China Press. 

They had described the council as “acting like Ah Longs (loan sharks),” the daily said.  

It said MPKj had put on display a list containing the names of 313 hawkers who owed rental arrears at the market. 

Many hawkers were annoyed that their names were on the list when they had paid their rent on time. They claimed that the council had tarnished their reputation by displaying their names.  

The daily quoted Ulu Langat MCA division chief Chong Tow Chong as saying that the council should update its collection files before coming out with the list. 

China Press reported that bookies had started accepting bets on which candidates would win in certain dicey constituencies in the general election.  

The daily said it believed the betting fever had started in constituencies where the names of candidates were known and likely to contest. 

The constituencies included DAP-held seats such as Cheras, Bukit Bintang, Seputeh and Kepong.  

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