Britain should close its borders to all immigrants, a top Indian-born businessmen said
01 December 2008. Sir Gulam Noon, known as the "Curry King" because of his multi-million-pound ready meals empire, said a ban was needed to stop racist groups exploiting tensions.
Yesterday, during BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show, Sir Gulam Noon said "I strongly feel that whoever are the immigrants here, we better give them jobs and give them dignity to live here before we import some more".
"I do not want a situation whereby a party like the BNP says ‘listen, all your jobs are being taken away by immigrants’."
"We have to be extremely careful. Some sort of a ban should be there” pointed out Sir Gulam, who last week survived the terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai by barricading himself into his suite.
The suggestion that a ban could last up to a decade comes from a forthcoming autobiography, the Mail on Sunday reported.
It said Mr Noon writes in the book: "We should wait for five or 10 years, until all the newcomers have been properly integrated and assimilated into the country. Until then we should just shut the door."
"We can only accommodate so many. There is always a danger that for the sake of political correctness, or a party’s political advantage, we find ourselves filling up the country with too many immigrants who will disturb the balance and upset the people – particularly the young people – of the host community.”
He also warned: “You can’t just put hundreds of thousands of people on this small island. There is a limit.”
Sir Gulam Noon is Chairman of Noon Products. The company which he founded in 1989 specialises in Indian sweets, snack foods and aviation catering. After establishing several successful businesses in India, which he still operates, Sir Gulam settled in London in 1973 to set up Bombay Halwa Ltd (Royal Sweets) in Southall.
He is a Trustee on the Board of several prominent charities, a Director on the Board of numerous companies and Government bodies and has recently been appointed to the Board of Transport for London. He served on the Board of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and was its President for a two-year term until 2003.