MPPJ needs to get tough with restaurants

  • Letters
  • Thursday, 29 May 2003

I READ about the death of Nur Shuhaila Tajudin with great sadness but with no surprise at all, “Promoter killed in car crash,” (The Star, May 26). 

It was a death just waiting to happen. I feel sad for the family of the late Nur Shuhaila.  

The Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) said it had compounded the restaurant 16 times, “Illegal for food outlets to place tables by roadside,” (The Star, May 28). 

I suppose it is a little too late to be highlighting all this now. The MPPJ should have acted more sternly a long time ago. 

After two to three summonses have been issued, the council should ensure a restaurant owner abides by the law. 

When 16 summonses have been issued and no improvement has been made, the MPPJ is only seen as non-effective. It also shows restaurant operators do not respect the authorities. 

Frankly, I think the MPPJ does not have any authority against such restaurant owners at all because, over the years, it is clear that more restaurants are putting up chairs and tables by the roadside.  

Take a look at SS2, for example. Of course when tables and chairs are put by the roadside, people who want to eat would sit wherever they can find a place, especially when they are hungry. 

I also read of people who are against banning restaurants from placing tables and chairs by the roadside. But it was not their sister or brother who died in that freak accident.  

If it were, their response would have been different.  

The MPPJ has to wake up and be more aggressive towards such restaurant owners.  

Shouting to the public that you have issued 16 summonses is just not enough.  

A life is lost.  

Don’t wait for another life to be lost before acting.  

GERARD (via e-mail) 

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