GEORGE TOWN: Two nasi kandar outlets including the famous Line Clear Nasi Kandar have been ordered to close for two weeks for failing to comply with basic hygiene and health standards.
The other restaurant ordered to be shut down under the Food Act (Section 11) was Yasmeen Nasi Kandar located next to Line Clear.
Penang Island City Council Public Health alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said that they found a dead rat and cockroaches inside the kitchen at Line Clear, and dead cockroaches and rat droppings at Yasmeen Restaurant.
“The Health Department told the restaurants to cease business from 8pm yesterday until March 27,” he said during an operation on dirty eateries in Penang Road yesterday.
Ong said the restaurants could apply for the order to be rescinded within one week.
“They have to meet a few conditions before they can start their operation again,” he said.
He said if the condition remained the same after two weeks, an order would be issued for the premises to remain closed for another 14 days.
Line Clear Restaurant owner Sahubar Ali, 59, said this was the first time that the outlet was ordered to close down since it opened 70 years ago.
“Our cleaning day is usually on Tuesday where we will give it a thorough wash. It is most unfortunate that we are being asked to close down,” said Sahubar.
The Health Department also slapped a RM1,000 fine on the famous Sup Hameed in Penang Road because of its filthy and oily kitchen. Additionally, the council also fined them RM250 for a faulty grease trap.
Meanwhile, Line Clear Restaurant Kampung Baru Kuala Lumpur issued a statement yesterday stating that their outlet would be operating as usual as it was not affected by the closure.
“Assessment made by the Health Unit of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall on Jan 9 was very satisfactory,” the statement said.