ALLOW the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) to decide on the operating hours of 24-hour neighbourhood restaurants, said Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali.
He said the council’s proposal on its ruling would have to be sent to the state government for approval.
Stating that he had yet to receive any proposal, he added that he was confident the council would make the right decision.
Azmin was speaking to StarMetro after chairing the state executive council and Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) meetings in Shah Alam last week.
“I am not aware of the 24-hour restaurant ruling that will be made in neighbourhoods yet. The state will study it first,’’ he said.
When asked on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s decision that all 24-hour restaurants and eateries be allowed to operate round-the-clock with no restrictions, Azmin said he was unaware of it.
Azmin said MPS would have its own guidelines and rules with which councillors would make a decision.
It was reported earlier that after Raya, MPS had planned for 24-hour restaurants and eateries to close their outlets at a stipulated time to clean up their premises.
The operating hours of the restaurants are being fine-tuned by the MPS licensing department.
There are 1,611 licensed restaurants in the Selayang constituency, of which 205 would be affected by MPS’ new ruling.
During MPS’ full board meeting on June 30, MPS president Suliman Abd Rahman had said that the council would not compromise on cleanliness as such eateries were found to be dirty.
Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi had applauded MPS for its decision as it gave them enough time to clean up their premises and offer healthy food.
She also said that hanging out at restaurants until the wee hours of the morning was unhealthy and was not followed by the youth in the society.
“From our inspections, we found that 24-hours restaurants are very dirty. Their toilet, kitchen, floor, drains, tables and chairs are not cleaned.
“From our survey, we also found that the food is not fresh and are served to customers the next day,” she said.
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