MP: Protect Kampung Baru from foreign influx

Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun has called for immediate action to resolve Kampung Baru’s problems.

KUALA LUMPUR: The influx of foreigners in Kampung Baru needs to be addressed immediately as there are too many cases of foreigners holding a business monopoly and causing social problems, an MP said today.

Titiwangsa MP Rina Mohd Harun called for immediate resolution of the long-standing issue of foreigners in Kampung Baru (the capital’s heritage urban Malay village).

“These foreigners should only be allowed to work in certain sectors or industries and not all of them, this is so that we can provide more equitable employment opportunities to our own people, especially to the permanent residents of Kampung Baru, she told reporters.

Rina, who is also Rural Development Minister, said she would hold further discussions with the Federal Territories Ministry on the development of Kampung Baru so that the issue could be resolved promptly.

“The discussion will enable us to develop Kampung Baru in a more organised and structured manner and not to alienate the rights of our local residents especially in our efforts to abolish business monopoly by foreign nationals here and to deal with social problems,” she said.

Rina was at Kampung Baru for a ‘Kasih Ramadan’ contribution event at which she presented cash donations and basic necessities to 50 tithe (asnaf) recipients in the area. The Kasih Ramadan programme is expected to benefit at least 1,000 tithe recipients in six sub-zones in the Titiwangsa parliamentary constituency.