KUALA LUMPUR: A proposal has been submitted to the Government to ban 24-hour restaurants and eateries in residential and rural areas, in a bid to curb social ills.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the proposal was made after numerous complaints that such outlets were behind the rise in social ills nationwide.
"A note and proposal paper will be submitted to the Deputy Prime Minister and National Social Council.
"It is not a blanket ban on all restaurants or eateries but those in specific areas such as in housing and rural areas," he told reporters at Parliament lobby here Thursday.
However, 24-hour franchised outlets such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken would be excluded from the proposed ban, he said.
Shahidan said that in other countries, most eateries and restaurants closed before midnight.
"Malaysia is perhaps the only country in the world where one can find eateries and restaurants opened 24 hours.
"There are concerns that the young spend too much idle time in such outlets and get involved in unhealthy activities," he said.
Besides being favourite haunts for foreign immigrants, he said such eateries in residential areas attracted rats and were also noisy.
"There can be specific zones to allow restaurants and eateries to operate to ensure that residents are not affected," he added.