Revamped, ‘no foreign workers’ Petaling Street targets foodies

PETALING Street, with its more than 100 years of history as Kuala Lumpur’s “Chinatown”, has revamped its business model with a controversial “zero migrant workers” policy, a traders’ and hawkers’ group said.

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting freeze on foreign workers in favour of local labour has enabled the street market to address some of the stigma it used to have, such as being a haven for counterfeit goods and for having more migrant hawkers than locals.