A total of 27 hawker stalls in Lorong Ara Kiri 3 in Lucky Garden, Kuala Lumpur have been ordered to close because of various infringements including poor hygiene.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department conducted an inspection yesterday following StarMetro’s report on the sorry state of affairs at the hawker stalls.
The operation was led by the department’s director Mustafa Mohd Nor, who was accompanied by officers from DBKL’s Health and Environment Department as well as from Alam Flora Sdn Bhd.
They inspected the kitchens as well as the drains along the row of stalls and the traders were ordered to cease operations until they fulfil the cleanliness standards set by DBKL.
“We are taking firm action by closing all 27 stalls in this row temporarily in the hope they will work together to clean up the area,” said Mustafa.
“The stall operators do not meet the basic requirements stipulated in their licence,” he said, adding that among the violations were failure to wear aprons, using their bare hands to marinate meat and preparing the food on the ground or near the drain instead of on a table.
He added that during a previous inspection on Jan 21, 19 summonses were issued to stall operators for various infringements such as hiring illegal foreign workers, not wearing aprons and not having typhoid vaccinations.
The enforcement team also removed a makeshift stall along the sidewalk.
“Stall operators cannot put up tables and chairs on the sidewalk, outside their eateries.
“They are licensed to occupy the standard 6x3sq ft stall only,” said Mustafa.
On a possible relocation of the hawker stalls, Mustafa said it would not be done any time soon.
“Initially the hawker stalls here were supposed to be relocated to the Bangsar Selera Food Court, commonly known as the Jolly Green Giant complex.
“However, the hawker centre is in a very bad condition and needs to be upgraded before these stalls can be moved,” he said.
DBKL Health and Environment Department officer Chandrakant Patel said the closure of the stalls was necessary as the operators need to be educated on the importance of maintaining cleanliness.
“Health officers will return for a follow-up inspection. If the stalls are clean we will allow them to reopen, but if they have not improved their cleanliness, we will take further action.”
Alam Flora operation senior supervisor Azhar Wahid said presently, Alam Flora cleaning crew clears the rubbish every day and cleans the drains once a month.
“We will assist the hawkers to keep the place clean but they must do their part too.”