Raising a stink over clogged drain at eatery

Low (squatting) and Puncak Emas personnel showing the clogged drain at the shoplot in Jalan Laxamana, Ipoh. - RONNIE CHIN/The Star

A CLOGGED drain emitting stench is keeping customers away from a restaurant in Jalan Laxamana in Ipoh.

Unhappy traders are urging Ipoh City Council (MBI) to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Food seller Tai Sau Ching, 59, said the problem had been going on for about two years and was worse during the rainy season.

“The dirty drain water will overflow into the premises,” she said at a press conference by Perak MCA public services and complaints bureau chief Low Guo Nan.

Tai said the traders had lodged several complaints to the city council but no action was taken.

Low said a representative from roads and drains maintenance concessionaire Puncak Emas Infra Sdn Bhd who inspected the drains told them that the matter fell under MBI’s jurisdiction.

When contacted, an MBI spokesperson said the clogging was due to food waste and oil.

“Our Health Department will check if any restaurants in the area are throwing food waste or grease into the drains.

“We have already cleaned the drain but we will also liaise with Puncak Emas Infra to provide a plan to upgrade the drain.”

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