Government bans roadside dining with immediate effect

PETALING JAYA: Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim said all food outlets and restaurants, including mamak stalls will have to stop placing tables, chairs or stools outside their premises with immediate effect. 

The decision, according to Lim, must take effect immediately before another tragic accident such as the one which killed 19-year-old Nor Suhaila Tajudin while she was eating at a 24-hour restaurant in Section 14 here. 

Lim said the restaurant had flouted the law by placing the tables and chairs on the road. 

“A road is for cars and not for people to sit down and have their meals,” said Lim during the official opening of Universe of Geomancy Feng Shui, a consultancy for feng shui in Section 14 here. 

Lim, who is also MP for PJ Selatan, said he viewed the matter seriously as the residents were angry and upset over the tragedy.  

He said following a discussion with several MPPJ councillors early this week, the council had agreed to put out temporary notices to all restaurant operators to stop putting tables or chairs outside their premises. 

Councillor Dr Wong Shee Yoong said they had called all mamak stall operators here to discuss the issue. 

“We will start first with all the 140 mamak stall owners within this area and brief them on the do’s and don’ts of their operation. 

“We also want to hear their feedback before amending the council’s by-laws,” said Dr Wong. 

He said a decision was expected to be made this week.  

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