A SURPRISE joint raid led by Kuala Langat District Council (MDKL) in Bandar Saujana Putra, Selangor, has led to the temporary closure of three dirty food premises.
MDKL deputy president Mohd Yasin Alwi said 41 officers from various agencies conducted the raid on 14 eateries.
Two of them were closed under the MDKL 2007 Food Establishment Bylaw and another under Section 11 of the 1983 Food Act and 1985 Food Rules by the Kuala Langat Health office.
“We issued compounds to several traders for disposing waste into drains, and one for failing to use oil traps,” said Mohd Yasin.
During the raid at 6pm, the Immigration Department arrested six illegal foreign workers under Section 6 (1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959/63.
One of the illegal workers tried to escape as soon as he spotted the officers, but was caught after a chase ensued in the back lane.
MDKL’s enforcement department issued 12 notices, while its health office issued 23 notices and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry issued one compound to an eatery for not displaying food prices.
“Our aim is to ensure food premises are in tip-top condition and food safety is practised, so that we can give the proper cleanliness accreditation and reduce the number of incidents caused by food and waterborne diseases,” he added.
Mohd Yasin chided several traders who continued to encroach into parking bays with chairs and tables as this prevented motorists from parking their vehicles at the designated areas.
“It is also dangerous for the patrons. We confiscated 94 chairs, 24 tables and one tent that were placed on the parking lot,” he said.
Despite flouting the laws, he said the traders continued to fault the council for carrying out their duties and confiscating the items.
“I hope all traders and operators will follow our guidelines, and we urge the public not to sit and eat at the parking lots.
“They should also inform us of eateries breaking the law,” he added.
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