MBPJ zooms in on dirty restaurants

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 06 Jun 2018

Stern action: Oon (centre) inspecting a restaurant’s kitchen with other health officers.

KUALA LUMPUR: Hot on the heels of an incident involving Raj’s Banana Leaf Restaurant in Bangsar here, the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is now cracking down on dirty eateries.

Yesterday, three eateries were shut down by the council officers – Restoran Gasing, Raju’s Restau­rant and Sri Paandi Restaurant – all along Jalan Chantek in Petaling Jaya.

“We have scheduled random inspections daily and since January, MBPJ has checked more than 250 eateries and shut down 59 of them,” said MBPJ councillor Sean Oon who led the raid.

During the raid in Section 5, 12 compound notices of RM250 each were issued to the restaurant owners.

The move has received support from Internet users on The Star Online’s Facebook page, with most calling for other local authorities to follow suit.

Some even gave a list of other eateries that they thought should be inspected or shut down.

Several local leaders in Petaling Jaya have also reported their WhatsApp accounts being flooded with complaints of dirty eateries since news of the closures went online.

MBPJ is one of the first local councils in Selangor to carry out routine inspections on dirty eateries ahead of public complaints.

A viral video last week had shown workers at the restaurant in Bangsar washing dishes in a puddle of murky water in the back lane, sparking public uproar.

Since then, the restaurant has upgraded its exhaust ventilation, cemented the pothole and sent its workers for a food-handling course.

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