KUALA LUMPUR: Fights and killings among Myanmar nationals at Selayang wholesale market have caused anxiety among traders and local residents around the area.
The existence of too many Myanmar nationals had turned the market into a 'Little Myanmar', where they can seen at eateries as well selling contraband cigarettes and betel.
A Bernama survey at the market on Monday found that most of the traders and patrons complaining about the deterioration of their business due to several fighting incidents.
Several fights between the Myanmar nationals were reported in the market and Kampung Baru Ampang since early this month with three Myanmar men being killed, due to the spillover of the Muslim-Buddhist religious conflict in their home country.
Fruit seller, Ng You Loy, 52, said since the quarrel, which led to murder at the market, customers who patronised his shop began to drop.
"Before this, many people stopped by to buy the fruits. The fewer customers may be due to the cases that occurred recently," he told Bernama here on Monday.
R. Lechumie, 54, a vegetable seller since 20 years ago at the market, said she had cold feet to run her business as she worried if similar incident will recur.
"They (Myanmar) always make trouble, when they are rowdy we are the ones who find difficult to earn a living," she said.
Lechumie, however, was relieved that the police regularly patrolled the location to ensure the peace.
Ariffin Abdul Rahman, 52, who had been selling fish for ten years, said although there were fights before, he still continued with his business as usual.
"I do not want to interfere in the issue of the fighting between them (Myanmar nationals), as long as they do not mess up with me, I will continue to do business as usual," he said.
Restaurant operator, Muhammad Shafawi Baharom, 34, said he still bought groceries from the market although scared with news of fights at the market.
Housewife, Rokiah Mohd Arriff, 57, said although she worried about her safety, she believed that action taken by the authorities would resolve the issue.
Meanwhile, some Myanmar nationals feared to reveal their identity due to the incident with some of them asking journalists for identification card before being interviewed.
Last week, Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh warned Myanmar nationals residing in this country not to create tension as a result of political affiliation in their country of origin that could jeopardise national security.
As a preventive measure, the police have collected information from 400 Myanmar nationals who work in the Klang Valley, including at the market, to be stored in the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) database system to easily detect if they are involved in any crime in this country. - Bernama
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