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Little India project will not eject traders from Brickfields, says Saravanan

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not chase out any traders in Brickfields in its effort to develop the area as “Little India”, said Deputy Federal Territory and Urban Well-Being Minister Datuk M Saravanan.

"Our whole idea is nobody should loose the opportunity or their space for business in Brickfields. No one will be evacuated without being given a suitable spot for business," he told reporters after a meeting with the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce (KLSICCI) here on May 10.

He said the businessmen involved in the development project had been informed by notice and would be given temporary places of business.

"The government's intention to develop Brickfields as 'Little India' is not only to provide opportunity for new traders but also to ensure earlier ones were successfull," he said.

Meanwhile, the KLSICCI welcomed the government's plan for 'Little India', which will promote Indian business in the area.

KLSICCI president, Datuk V.K.K Teagarajan, said his chamber also hoped that the government would not set aside the welfare of traders moved to temporary areas while implementing the project.

"I hope the displacement of some traders should not delay this wonderful concept that has been developed, particularly to enhance the Indian community, the culture and also to develop further Indian businessmen and entrepreneurs in this area," he said. -- Bernama
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