No to using ‘Little India’ or ‘China Town’


PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Government has disallowed gazetting names like “Little India”, “Islamic City” and “China Town”.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) President Mohamad Yasid Bidin informed the Entrepreneurs Association of Little India Klang of this decision made on May 18 by the state.

Association President N P Raman hit out at the Selangor Government for its short-sightedness in prohibiting gazetting the popular business enclave in Klang as “Little India”.

“The state government made a one-sided decision by not consulting the businessmen in Little India.

“Our business enclave is known worldwide as Little India. It will enhance the status of the area and boost tourism,” he told Star Online today.

The association had written to the Selangor Menteri Besar’s office last month to discuss the gazetting of the Jalan Tengku Kelana’s business enclave as “Little India”.

This was a follow-up to the MB’s promise, made on Nov 9, 2015, to build an arch along Jalan Tengku Kelana and to not allow trading lots along Jalan Pulasan and Jalan Yeo Guan Hup.

“The traders in Little India are not interested in politics. We just want to nurture the cultural heritage here and increase the number of domestic and foreign tourists visiting Klang.”

He noted that there was a “Little India” in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur.

Selangor Poverty, Caring Government and Estate Workers Committee Chairman V Ganabathirau, who is also Kota Alam Shah assemblyman, said Klang was already gazetted as “Bandar DiRaja”.