Keep clean by closing for clean-ups

Clean shop, clean food: Workers busy cleaning the premises of a restaurant in Damansara Uptown. - filepic

The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) will meet with operators of 24-hour restaurants next month to get their feedback on closing their premises at night for cleaning purposes.

MPS president Suliman Abd Rahman told the council’s full board that the meeting aimed to get their views on the best time to shut for cleaning.

He wants to ensure 24-hour restaurants in neighbourhoods closed for at least a few hours a day, for cleaning so that patrons are ensured of eating in a hygienic place.

He emphasised that in the past, some 24-hour restaurant were found to be dirty and infested with rats, cockroaches and lizards when enforcement officers carried out health inspections.

“We are doing this to ensure the safety of the patrons so they can dine without any fear of food poisoning,” said Suliman.

MPS councillor Lim Ching How said the implementation of the new ruling on 24-hour restaurants in neighbourhoods would take effect in September.

On the issue of 60 illegal dumping hotspots in Selayang where enforcement seemed to be lacking, Lim, who was speaking on behalf of Suliman, said a special task force had been set up to tackle this issue and would work with the Gombak District land office.

Lim said MPS had closed down two dumpsite sites in Taman Daya and Tago Industrial Area in Kepong and fined the operators RM1,000 each.

“With a strong enforcement team, we hope to ensure the dumpsites will be monitored and shut down immediately,” he said.

MPS councillor Rahim Kasdi wanted MPS to put an end to the illegal dumpsites and also solve the problem of uncollected rubbish at the roadside issues.

Suliman replied that MPS hoped to reduce public complaints on rubbish by the roadside by 70% within the next three months and felt that it could be done by stepping up enforcement.

On another issue, it was reported that from January to July, Selayang recorded 2,995 dengue cases with five deaths in 17 hotspots.

The latest dengue outbreak in Taman Anggun 2 prompted MPS to take stern action against the developer, requesting it to clean up the area and check on the abandoned houses, regularly.

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