RECENTLY, I had lunch with my family in a restaurant near Ipoh.
The restaurant owners, like many others, still seemed unaware of the dangers of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome as the dirty surroundings showed they had not taken steps to prevent the spread of the SARS virus.
If the Health Department or town council is checking such places, there were no indications, like a prominently displayed checklist.
The restaurant had two toilets but both were so dirty that I had to stop my wife from using any of them.
Few countries, like Japan, have reported no SARS cases because of the strict observance of public hygiene.
While commending the Health Ministry for its all-out effort to contain the spread of SARS, I like to highlight the importance of keeping public places clean.
I suggest stringent checks be conducted on these places, especially restaurants.
MURALI SUBRAMANIAM, Bidor. (via e-mail)
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