Raj's on tenterhooks as meeting to decide its fate postponed

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 07 Jun 2018

THE OWNERS of Raj'S Banana Leaf Restaurant in Bangsar will have to live with the suspense a while longer as the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) licence committee meeting scheduled for today to decide on its fate has been postponed.

Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department director Anwar Mohd Zain said the postponement was because its chairman, Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff, who is also the Socioeconomic Development executive director, was not available to lead the meeting.

“We received the proprietors' reply (to the show-cause letter) yesterday evening," he said, adding that they would be rescheduling the meeting.

Anwar did not, however, specify a time-frame.

"We will set a new date for the meeting as soon as possible,” he said.

The odds don't look good for the restaurant because Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz and DBKL Health and Environment Department director Dr Noor Akma Shabudin have both said  they would be pushing for it to be closed for good.

Amin was quoted in a StarMetro story yesterday as saying that DBKL had been "too kind" and that this had led to bad practises. 

He stressed that violations, such as what happened at Raj's, were giving the city a bad name.

Raj came into the spotlight after a 30-second video went viral last week showing employees scrubbing and rinsing plates in what appeared to be a puddle of water in a pothole at the back of the restaurant. 

This prompted the Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Health Department and the labour department of the Human Resource Ministry to conduct a two-hour inspection of the premises. The restaurant was then closed down under the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Food Establishment by-laws 2016.

DBKL also issued a show-cause letter to the proprietors.

In addition, the restaurant owners were slapped with notices by the Health Ministry because its employees had not been administered anti-typhoid vaccination and had not attended food handling training, among other reasons. 

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