Salsabeel Restaurant manager Kamal Indisal, 43, said although his is a 24-hour outlet, his premises was clean and workers’ health taken into consideration.
Kamal said closing the premises would result in him incurring more cost.
“Our workers still manage to clean the place during the 12-hour shift.
“They mop three times daily and wash the shop floor every two weeks.
“After midnight, there are only a handful of customers unless there are live football matches,” he said.
KG Cafe restaurant owner who only wanted to be known as Shanti, said she closes the restaurant at 10pm.
“People can still go to 24-hour fast food joints that are usually located in commercial areas,” she said.
Selayang MCA secretary Ryan Ng said the ruling should apply to all 24-hour outlets.
“Fast food restaurants should not be spared if the authorities are serious about wanting to promote a healthier lifestyle,’’ he said.
Pusat Bandar Country Homes MIC chairman Madhu Marimuthu said MPS should be strict about enforcement.
“Some of the workers don’t even have time to bathe and they smell bad.
“I wonder how hygienic the food is sometimes,’’ he said.
G. Raymond, 41, said he liked going to such places with friends when watching football as they served hot food and drinks.
“The following day, I am tired and less productive at work.” he admitted.
A. Rozali, 23, a despatch rider from Selayang Baru, liked to hang out at such places with his friends on Friday and Saturday night.
“We can watch wrestling or even the latest blockbuster movies.
“I feel that the 18-hour ruling should only be applied for five days, from Sunday to Thursday,” he said.
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