PENANG: State assemblymen should not interfere with the Penang Municipal Council's decision to close dirty eating outlets here, said council pre-sident Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib.
He said the council would not entertain any more appeals by state assemblymen on be-half of owners of the dirty outlets.
“We appeal to the state assemblymen not to come to us to appeal on their behalf against closing the filthy outlets as we are taking this matter very seriously,'' he said when opening the RM700,000 newly upgraded temporary Cecil Street hawker site yesterday.
He said the council would step up checks on eateries and restaurants and would close down those which are dirty.
“We will not compromise on cleanliness and to show that we mean business, we will not even entertain appeals for discounts on the compounds issued,'' he added.
Ahmad Phesal said the council would also relocate roadside hawkers to food courts, adding that facilities at the temporary hawker site would be up- graded.
He said hawkers should take advantage of Penang's reputation as a food paradise by maintaining cleanliness and good hygiene when preparing their dishes.
Ais kacang seller Cheah Ai Choo said the newly upgraded Cecil Street site provided a conducive atmosphere for trading.
“It is now more brighter and with higher ceiling, ventilation is also better,” said Cheah, who had been trading at the site for the past nine years.
Also present were state assemblymen Lee Hack Teik and Looi Swee Cheang, council secretary Ooi Chin Loo and municipal councillors.