Mamak eateries not showing live matches


JOHOR BARU: Indian Muslim restaurants here have opted not to show live football matches on its big screens.

Johor Indian Muslim Entrepreneurs Association secretary Hussein Ibrahim said most of its members did not want to take the risk of having crowds gathering at their premises.

“The threat of Covid-19 is still there and we will not show any football matches on our big screens.

“Our members have complained about difficult customers who wanted to sit in large group while dining at the restaurants, ” he said.

He said such customers would leave once they spotted enforcement officers making the rounds, leading to enforcement action being taken against restaurant owners.

Asked when the restaurants would show football matches on the big screen, he said it might be after the recovery movement control order (MCO) ended on Aug 31.

Hussein said there were over 300 mamak restaurants in the state.

“We are following the standard operating procedure set by the government when the MCO was first imposed on March 18.

“This includes recording customers’ body temperature, names and contact numbers, ” he said.

He added that only two patrons were allowed at each table.

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