In an operation to stamp out foreign hawkers, the Immigration Department has detained 88 foreigners who operated businesses or were hired to work at several bazaars in the city since Ramadan began.
They comprised 31 Indonesians, 30 Bangladeshis and 27 Pakistanis who mostly sold textiles.
Federal Territory Immigration Department assistant director (enforcement) James Musa Singa said the integrated operation with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall followed complaints by local traders and the public.
He said the complainants had expressed discomfort over the presence of the foreigners.
"We continuously monitor the influx of foreign traders at various Ramadan bazaars and hope this operation will enable local traders to sell without competition from the foreigners," he told reporters here Friday.
Singa said the foreigners, aged between 20 and 40, were detained for various offences, including invalid work permits, overstaying in the country and using trading licences which did not belong to them.
"For the first time, we stationed immigration personnel at selected Ramadan bazaars such as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Masjid India and Jalan Chow Kit," he added. - Bernama