KLANG: For many Malaysians, the mention of Jalan Tengku Kelana brings to mind “Little India”, a popular shopping area among the Indian community, especially for their Deepavali needs.
Jalan Tengku Kelana is the biggest “Indian street” in Malaysia, consisting of over 100 pre-war shops erected in the 18th century.
However, the rising number of petty thefts in Little India’s business enclave is worrying traders, as they feel that it might deter shoppers from the area.
Little India Entrepreneurs Association president N.P. Raman said snatch thefts had become a problem, affecting the commercial area, which is also a tourist attraction.
With Deepavali around the corner and more shoppers visiting the area, Raman proposed that the police install more surveillance cameras and increase patrols from the road outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church to the commercial area, including Jalan Mohet and Lorong Tingkat.
“We are facing an average of five to 10 cases of snatch theft in Klang town almost every day and the targets are mostly women,” Raman said, adding that thieves would circle the area and strike shoppers as they were getting out of their vehicles.
“Having a police presence will give the public a sense of security,” he said.
According to Raman, setting up a round-the-clock police patrol such as Ops Payung would be the best way to ensure the safety of shoppers throughout the festive period.
Meanwhile, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin said the council had agreed to install five closed-circuit television cameras along the stretch of Jalan Tengku Kelana for the festive period.
He said the Selangor government had allocated RM6mil for MPK to improve and upgrade the infrastructure along Jalan Tengku Kelana and boost tourism development in Little India with a project called the Royal Klang Town Heritage Walk. — Bernama
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