THE owner of a nasi lemak restaurant in Cyberjaya claims she is a victim of slander after a photo of rat droppings under an illegal five-foot way stall fronting the eatery was sent via email to StarMetro recently.
In the email, the complainant said he was worried about the cleanliness of the restaurant as he was a frequent diner there.
He also alleged the restaurant had an unpleasant smell.
Restaurant owner Wan Arni Yusnida said it was not possible for the complainant to have experienced any unpleasant smell at her eatery, at least not recently, because they were closed for the whole month of Ramadan.
The restaurant only opened for business on June 23 while the complainant’s email was dated June 21.
A visit to the eatery by StarMetro showed that it was clean. The floors were well swept and void of litter. The toilets were odourless and the floors, dry.
Bottles of liquid soap stood beside the wash basins. A roster to show who was responsible for floor cleaning duties was also displayed next to the restaurant’s business licence.
Wan Arni also pointed out the rat droppings were not found within the restaurant premises.
“We have the pest control company coming to our shop every month as per the requirements of the authorities,” said Wan Arni.
On the rat droppings found under the illegal stall on the five-foot way, she said it was not possible to control the rat population outside her shop, blaming the shoddy rubbish collection services and wanton littering by the public for the growing rodent population in the area.
She also hoped that customers would go to the restaurant’s Facebook page if they had any dissatisfaction instead of going to the media.
A check by StarMetro along the streets and back lanes showed rubbish bins flung open with their contents spilling out and littering the area, acting as a magnet for crows and pests.
Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) Town Services Unit head Norrehan Amat Kasman said the area has been cleared of trash.
Referring to the restaurant in Cyberjaya, he said it was last inspected by the MPSepang in October last year and was given a grade B for cleanliness.
On the five-foot way stall fronting the restaurant, MPSepang Public Relations and Corporate Unit head Afra’ Fardillah Zai Mustapar said such structures were illegal and enforcement officers had the right to tear it down and confiscate its contents.
However, Afra’ said the council would need to do a thorough inventory of all five-foot way stalls set up by eateries in the area before taking action.