Kajang residents have been urged to be the eyes and ears of the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) in improving and maintaining the cleanliness of public areas.
Selangor exco member for health, tourism and consumer affairs Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng made the call during site inspection checks in various parts of the municipality on Tuesday.
Under the cleanliness campaign initiated in line with the Selangor Maju (Developed Selangor) status, the state will form inspection teams to check drains and eateries to improve cleanliness.
According to Dr Lim, the worker shortage faced by the Kajang Municipal Council could be addressed by getting residents to work together with the local authority in highlighting public areas that require cleaning so the campaign target would be met.
He also urged the council to come up with a by-law requiring restaurant operators to install grease traps in their premises to prevent discharge and waste from entering monsoon drains.
Council officers also took Dr Lim to a Western food restaurant in Bangi that was awarded Grade “A” accreditation under the MPKj grading system for food premises.
The system, which is applicable to restaurants, 24-hour food joints, food court stalls, school canteens and hostel kitchens, requires operators and food handlers to undergo regular health checks and get immunised against typhoid.
Three grading categories were introduced under the system and if the food outlet met all the requirements, it would receive the council’s “clean premises” accreditation.
During Dr Lim’s visit, council officers issued a notice to one restaurant operator in Bangi for allowing his workers to cook in the back alley of the restaurant and for not properly disposing of food waste.
Checks carried out at public toilets in Section 16, Bandar Baru Bangi, were found to be satisfactory although water pressure in the area was found to be low.