IT is possible to maintain good hygiene practices in eateries in the Klang Valley.
During a spot check at Restoran Sun Hin Loong in Jalan SS2/64, StarMetro was surprised to see a clean and well-maintained kopitiam despite operating from 7am to 3am five days a week.
This eatery had spotless, white wall tiles and drink preparation area as well as clean vents with no burnt oily bits.
The toilets here have scheduled cleaning four times a day, and are equipped with a wall-mounted hand dryer.
The back of the restaurant has proper grease traps and water entering the drains are filtered and clean.
All wait staff as well as owners of the respective food stalls were seen wearing covered shoes, hat and apron.
“If you ask those working here, they will say I’m really strict on rules about cleanliness and following Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) guidelines,” said restaurant owner Keu Kok Meng.
The 60-year-old said there was no leniency when it came to hygiene and running of the kopitiam.
“If a hawker turns up without their cap or apron, they will not be allowed to operate,” he said.
Keu said they have been operating for over 40 years since 1977, but he only took over from his father in 1985.
Since then, the restaurant has never been shut down.
They, however, received a compound a month ago when MBPJ health officers found a cobweb on the ceiling.
“I welcome these inspections so I can learn how to improve,” he said.
Keu said the restaurant is cleaned four times a day and closed twice a week for general housekeeping.
Pest control activities are carried out once a month and everyone working there has typhoid injections once every three years.
Keu urged other eateries to not throw food waste into the drains as this would attract rats to the area.
He said eateries could never be 100% clean as it was normal to have spills on the floor.
But enforcing strict rules to staff will result in a clean environment, he said.
“It is not cheap to maintain a kopitiam as our profit margin is slim, but it has to be done no matter the cost,” he said.
Present at the site inspection was MBPJ councillor Sean Oon who hoped more eateries will follow this example and maintain a high hygiene standard.
“They (workers) can get a typhoid jab for only RM30 at MBPJ’s clinic,” he said.
Restoran Sun Hin Loong is the first clean eatery inspected after five others were closed down in Petaling Jaya – three in Section 5 and the other two in Dataran Ara Damansara.
In SS2, StarMetro saw many eateries using the back lanes to clean, wash and cook. The drains were also stagnant and filled with food waste and oil.
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