SOME 40 awards were given to owners of clean public eateries and toilets in Klang in a bid to raise awareness on the importance of cleanliness in the township.
Organised by the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), the annual event saw winners going home with cash prizes up to RM1,000, certificates and trophies.
Winners were chosen based on four categories – franchise, air-conditioned restaurants, council-owned stalls and school canteens.
For the clean toilet award, the winners were categorised within council-owned toilets, council hall, petrol stations and shopping malls.
“We checked all the eateries many times including 91 toilets before the winners were selected, ” said MPK health department head Azmi Muji before handing out the awards at a ceremony at Dewan Hamzah in Klang.
He said 51 eateries were shut down last year due to uncleanliness, unsanitary food handling and having traces of rat urine or droppings.
“We hope this contest can be a platform to promote hygienic practices among eateries and public toilet operators.
MPK deputy president Elya Marini Darmin who presented the awards urged restaurant operators to practice cleanliness at all times.
“According to the Selangor Health department, there were six food poisoning cases recorded in Klang last year (2019), ” she said.
She added that MPK was doing its best to raise awareness and inculcate hygienic practices among restaurant operators.
MPK is also running a cooking oil recycling progamme, which has been ongoing since 2016. It has successfully collected 73,808kg of used oil from eateries in Klang.
“All operators should cooperate and practice proper food waste disposal, and not just dump it into the drains or rivers nearby.
“Failing which, it will cause the drains to be dirty and clogged resulting in floods, ” she said.