JOHOR BARU: The cleanliness level of food premises in Johor Baru has seen significant improvement with more than half receiving an A or B in an evaluation conducted by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).
Its mayor Datuk Amran A. Rahman said 28.6% of food premises around the city were graded A for cleanliness for the first three months of the year compared to only 13.6% last year.
“There is also an increase in the number of those being graded B in the same evaluation, with 52.7% obtaining the grade this year compared to only 31.8% last year.
“Meanwhile, the number of those being graded C reduced to only 18.1% this year compared to 54.5% last year,” he said in his speech during the MBJB full board meeting.
Amran said the overall improvement of the cleanliness level of food premises in Johor Baru showed that engagement and awareness campaigns on the importance of the issue had been successful.
“MBJB issued 56 compounds to restaurant owners who failed to adhere to the cleanliness guidelines outlined by the council.
“There is also a drop by more than half in the number of compounds issued, as some 275 compounds were issued in the corresponding period last year,” he said.
On another matter, Amran said MBJB would be grading the cleanliness level of toilets in the city at least once a year.
“As of March this year, 441 toilets were graded with 171 falling below the three stars standard while the rest received three stars and above.
“This shows that there is still work needed to be done in creating awareness in the importance of clean toilets in the city,” he said.
He added that the council planned to have a clean toilet competition with hopes for it to be an incentive for the public to take the issue seriously.
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