|Welcome to Kuala Lumpur.,,Truly Bangla ! Truly Nepalese ! Truly Indon !!|
But, hey, you too don't have to go to Vietnam or Myanmar or Nepal too because....I was in Saigon last week. And the market there was full of Malaysians shopping. The shopkeepers were speaking Malay and accepting ringgit. One guy said he learnt Malay from the dictionary!!. And he's never been to KL.
Kuala 'Impure'.....KL is now truly Asia !!!
1) Malaysia has more than 2 million legal immigrants & 1.5-2m or more illegal immigrants representing more than 13% of our population & over 20% of our workforce!
2) The figures are frightening & KL can easily experience the recent rioting in S'pore "Little India"! We have to be more selective & weed out the low value labour intensive industries or face dire consequences.
If you haven't been in downtown Kuala Lumpur in quite a while, you will be surprised to find the old KL that we used to know no longer exists. Sure, most of the buildings are still there, but the inner city has lost much of its Malaysian identity.
Take a trip to the Kota Raya-Bangkok Bank area on Sunday, you will feel as if you are in Nepal or Myanmar as these pictures below show.
Businesses here cater mostly to the Myanmarese and Nepalese. There is a sizable population of Bangladeshis and Pakistanis too.
The Indonesians are still the prevalent ethnic group in the Chow Kit area while the Filipinos hang out in the shopping malls in KLCC
and in PJ.
Browsing their national papers in a retail outlet. DVDs, CDs and magazines are available
in several lingua franca.
A well-stocked mini-market. Enterprising shopkeepers supply foreign workers here
with almost anything they need from their homeland.
Don't be fooled by the display photos. This studio is patronized mainly by foreigners applying for work permits, passports,
visas and who knows, MyKad as well?
Banners are everywhere advertising all kinds of
services on the upper floors. This one is for air fares.
Across the road from Kota Raya lies Chinatown. The stalls there are run by foreigners. It's a
matter of time before nearby Central Market is also taken over by non-Malaysians. Not too
far away is Bukit Bintang which is rapidly transforming into a Middle Eastern hot spot.
Whether this foreign influx has a positive or negative spillover is debatable.
But one thing is for certain, it won't be long before downtown KL becomes unrecognizable to local citizens.