THE shutters for Raj’s Banana Leaf Restaurant in Bangsar will remain closed.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has revoked its operating licence.
DBKL Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department director Anwar Mohd Zain said the committee that deliberated on the issue, chaired by Socioeconomic Development executive director Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff last Friday, made the decision to revoke the licence.
“We went through their explanation and they gave their point of view. We looked at all
“So the committee decided it is best to revoke the licence,’’ he said.
Anwar added that the licence revoked is only for the restaurant’s Bangsar branch and not other branches in Klang Valley.
The restaurant drew the ire of social media users after a 30-second video showed three of its employees squatting at the back of the restaurant scrubbing and rinsing plates in what appeared to be a puddle of water in a pothole next to a drain.
Last week Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz told StarMetro that he was pushing for the outlet to be shut down permanently to send a strong message to all eateries in Kuala Lumpur.
He was also quoted saying that DBKL had been kind in the past resulting in many eateries having bad hygiene practices.
DBKL issued a show cause letter to the proprietors of the restaurant, giving them an opportunity to explain the unhygienic practices at their premises.
About 20 officers from the department, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya Health Department and Labour Department conducted a two-hour inspection of the premises last week, before issuing a closure notice under the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Food Establishment by-laws 2016.
The Health Ministry issued three food handling notices to Raj’s Banana Leaf Restaurant for not having anti-typhoid vaccinations for its workers and for not attending food handling training.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the notices were issued because the restaurant was not registered with the ministry and the premises failed to be pest-free.
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