PETALING JAYA: Raj’s Banana Leaf restaurant in Bangsar will be closed until further notice, after a video showing its staff members washing dishes in a puddle of murky water made rounds on social media.
It is understood that the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) is expected to issue a closure notice starting Wednesday (May 30).
It is also believed that health inspectors are set to pay the restaurant a visit at 10am.
The 30-second video showed three staff members squatting at the back of the restaurant, scrubbing and rinsing plates in what appears to be a puddle of water in a pothole.
The video, which was published on Tuesday (May 29), has since garnered over 270,000 views and 6,800 shares.
Netizens have slammed the restaurant, with many expressing disgust and disbelief over the video.
Meanwhile, Raj’s Banana Leaf restaurant had issued an apology on Facebook, claiming that the dishes were washed by newly recruited staff members at its Bangsar outlet.
“This has never happened before and should not have happened.
“We also want to assure that Raj’s Banana Leaf consistently passes the health inspection conducted regularly."
It said it would continue to monitor the restaurant's hygiene and will take strict action against the staff involved.
“We truly understand your concerns. However, I hope you will still give us a chance to serve you in the future,” the outlet said.
Raj's Banana Leaf restaurant initially offered customers a complementary “buka puasa” dinner at its Bangsar outlet from 7.30pm - 9.30pm on Thursday (May 31).
However, this offer is unlikely to be taken up given the outlet's imminent closure.