Keep restaurants clean or face shutdown, warns Kuala Langat council

KUALA Langat District Council (MDKL) is ending the year with a warning to errant business operators who flout the law.

MDKL shut down a dirty restaurant and ordered the owner to clean up the premises immediately in a recent operation.

Council president Mohamad Zain A. Hamid said the kitchen was filthy and the staff did not receive typhoid injection.

“The staff did not observe good personal hygiene. Some have long fingernails, which is not allowed for food operators, while the food waste is thrown into the drains,” he said.

The notice was issued under the MDKL (2007) Food Establishment Licensing by-law where the owner is given 14 days to clean up the premises and carry out necessary upgrades ordered by the council.

Mohamad Zain said the restaurant was part of the 32 premises around Banting where the routine checks were conducted.

“We want to ensure the quality and services of businesses here are top notch and the owners follow the rules,” he added.

Five officers and 12 others from the enforcement, environment, health and waste management,

as well as licensing and corporate communications departments were involved in the operation.

Seventeen notices were issued, in addition to the notices of closure for various offences.

Among them were for expired fire extinguishers, no business licences, unlicensed advertisements, obstruction of public walkways, illegal rubbish disposal in public spaces, disposal of industrial waste, as well as liquid waste discharged into drainage and irrigation systems.

“All business operators must abide by our guidelines and requirements,” he added, adding that they must take all necessary steps to ensure their premises were clean.

“They must also renew their licences by Dec 31 to avoid enforcement action,” he added.

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