A consumer association says the stalls run by Indonesians were demolished before Ramadan but were re-built days before Hari Raya.
Klang Consumer Association president A Devdass said that the illegal stalls, located along Lorong Kepayang, were operated by Indonesian immigrants.
“The 15 stalls are being operated on a private land,” said Devdass.
He said that the Klang Municipal Council (MPK) had demolished the stalls before Ramadan after receiving complaints but the operators just re-erected them days before Hari Raya.
“They even have their own water and power supply,” claimed Devdass.
The activist said that the stalls were erected on areas where there were no proper drainage system, causing a stench around the area.
“The murky waters and food left-overs cause rats and cockroaches to breed around the area. It’s becoming a nuisance to the people around the area,” said Devdass.
He also said that no proper rubbish bins were placed at the area, causing the stall owners to throw away left-overs indiscriminately.
He criticised the MPK on the matter, claiming the local council was dragging its feet in taking action against the stall operators.
“It took them five years to demolish the stalls. Everytime we complained, the local council will just say that the problem falls under the purview of the Immigration Department,” he claimed.
Devdass also said he was baffled on how the Indonesians were allowed to operate without any problems, while locals who want to run stalls had to face bureaucracy before getting approvals.
“These foreigners send back profits to their homeland, causing serious money outflow. The authorities must understand that retail business is the backbone of our nation’s economy,” he said.
When contacted, Bandar Klang councillor Tan Chee Yap rushed to the site and confirmed that the stalls had been re-erected despite being demolished by MPK officers last month.
He said that the landowner had set up fencing at the area after the eviction, but added that the stall operators had removed them.
On how the stalls received utility supply, he said that he was unsure of it.
“Probably, they are getting supplies from nearby shops. Some of the outlets are run by foreigners and maybe they are helping each other,” he said.
Kapar MP S Manickavasagam said that he will check on the matter with the local council later today to get to the bottom of the matter.
“The illegal stall operators problem is not confined to Lorong Kepayang but is also found in other places such as Jalan Taiping. I will go see the place myself later,” he said.