02 Jul '11, 3am

Mini Jakarta: He has been operating the shop selling various cosmetics and traditional herbs from Indonesia for

Mini Jakarta: He has been operating the shop selling various cosmetics and traditional herbs from Indonesia for

KUALA LUMPUR - Wazir (not his real name) watches the bustling street from the five-foot-way in front of his jamu shop in Chow Kit. He has been operating the shop selling various cosmetics and traditional herbs from Indonesia for close to eight years now. The 50-year-old is one of the many Indonesian traders who have invaded this district to enjoy brisk business. They are able to do so by using licences shared with Malaysian partners. This is the reality today at Chow Kit Road which can easily be confused with downtown Jakarta. Nevertheless, one can say the presence of a large Indonesian trading community in Chow Kit adds colour to one of the city's oldest business districts. Nestled amongst the century-old shops are numerous outlets run by Indonesians selling mobile phones, shoes, food, groceries -- in fact, anything under the sun -- besides jamu. It's a place where Indone...

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