GEORGE TOWN: Three nasi kandar restaurants in Little India here have been ordered to close for two weeks for failing to meet state Health Department hygiene and health standards.
All three eateries were ordered to close under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 during an inspection led by Penang Health Director Dr Wan Mansor Hamzah on Thursday (July 12).
The shops were instructed to close with immediate effect after rat droppings or cockroach droppings were discovered in their premises, dirty fridges and in one restaurant, dirty plates were found piled up next to the dustbin.
An employee at one of the eateries even told off media on duty after a photographer took photographs of the scene.
Dr Mansor said if the eateries manage to prove that their premises are clean within the two weeks, then they can be given permission to resume business ahead of time.
However, he said the closure can also be extended by an additional two weeks if they fail to meet the requirements.