Melaka health officers seek interpreter’s help to issue closure order on barbershop with foreign workers

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 Jun 2020

MELAKA: Language barrier turned out to be a challenge for Melaka Health Department when issuing a seven-day closure order to three barbers from Bihar, India, during a check on the recovery movement control order (MCO) compliance.

Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Rahmad Mariman said the health enforcement officers managed to explain the reason behind issuing the order to the outlet at Melaka Tengah here, with the help of an interpreter.

The barbers, in their 30s, who speak in Hindi, said they were able to understand Tamil as fans of Kollywood (Tamil cinema), and only a little in Bahasa Malaysia.

Rahmad said the closure order was only issued after the officers had properly explained the reason.

The owner of the outlet had failed to send his foreign workers for Covid-19 testing, which is a requirement for all barbershops who hire foreigners.

"We issued the order under the name of the licence holder of the barbershop, who is a local from Johor.

"Though, the closure order is for seven days, the outlet can be opened earlier if the proprietor has confirmed meeting the requirement," he said after accompanying the officers during the check on late Wednesday (June 24) evening.

Rahmad also revealed that the department had conducted checks on multiple premises during the MCO and various notices and compounds were also issued for violating the standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of businesses, among others, failing to record the temperatures of individuals.

He said the other non-compliance included not providing sanitisers and disinfecting as warranted in the SOP.

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