Dirty Grade C eateries under MPSJ’s watch may face closure

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 28 Mar 2019

MPSJ sealing off the premises of a restaurant for not complying with food safety and hygiene rules. — Filepic

SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) is considering issuing closure notices to Grade C restaurant owners whose eateries fail cleanliness inspections, instead of merely issuing them compounds.

The suggestion was brought up during the MPSJ full board meeting yesterday by the council’s health department.

The suggestion was for Grade C restaurants (those that achieve 66% to 79% in the grading scale) with five or more cleanliness offences to be shut down as well as revoking  business licences.

Those with four offences would have their licence suspended and given a time frame to clean up.

Changes were also suggested for Grade D restaurants, whereby the eateries would be closed, with owners needing to apply for a new licence.

There were also suggestions by councillors who asked for the cleanliness criteria to be fine-tuned to include, for example, the number of stalls allowed in a restaurant based on its size, the number of gas cylinders allowed to be stored at the restaurant, et cetera.

MPSJ president Noraini Roslan said the council had to be strict and was issuing a warning to food operators.

She said the criteria for cleanliness grading must be refined and contain details of what could lead to the closure of a restaurant.

Councillor George Yap also suggested that the council change what grades “A”, “B”, “C” and “D” meant to better reflect the restaurant’s operations.

Councillor Frankie Koh raised the need for stricter cleanliness standards for hawkers. Noraini said the council would consider raising the standard to bring it closer to the one imposed on restaurants, but added they had to keep in mind how this could affect both traders and their customers.

Separately, councillors raised issues relating to residents’ unhappiness with the performance of KDEB Waste Management contractors and lack of manpower in some areas within Subang Jaya.

“There are some areas where people are not happy with the performance but others have no problem. I have asked the councillors to identify the areas where the contractors’ performances are not up to expectations,” she said after the full board meeting.

Noraini said she had spoken to KDEB and the company promised to improve its services.

She added that notices were issued to the company and payment would be based on their performance.

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