THE Gombak District Health Department will strictly monitor cleanliness at Ramadan bazaars.
Gombak District health environment officer Mohd Rizal Rusuli said traders had attended a course on food handling and were educated on the importance of wearing aprons and getting anti-typhoid jabs.
“We aim to ensure that traders follow the rules so that people who go to bazaars will have confidence in buying the food there.
“Previously, there have been cases of people falling ill after buying food from Ramadan bazaars.
“Some traders would leave rubbish everywhere while others have been caught reusing cooking oil,” he said, adding they would work closely with Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) on the matter.
“Traders could be fined up to RM500 if they refuse to abide by the regulations.
“In the past, we gave them warnings but now we will summon those caught not abiding by the rules,” said Mohd Rizal at the launch of the MPS Ramadan bazaar in Rawang.
Also present were Rawang assemblyman Gan Pei Nei, MPS president Suliman Abd Rahman as well as councillors Durairatnam Selladurai and T. Letchumanan.
MPS Licensing Department market traders division head Khairil Anwar Che May said those who refuse to abide by the regulations, would not be issued with licences for future Ramadan bazaars in the constituency.
“There are 23 Ramadan bazaars in Selayang,” he said.