LAST Wednesday evening, I had a private dinner with some friends at a restaurant in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. The restaurant owner had closed the premises for us and we were the only patrons. Everything went well until around 9.30pm when we were jolted by the presence of almost 10 officials comprising officers from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), police and Fire and Rescue Department.
The restaurant manager told me the officials were there to check the business licence as well as the employees’ work permits.
I am sure there are better ways to carry out such an inspection, and certainly not while there were patrons in the premises. Their action appeared to be more of a harassment tactic.
The presence of so many officials spooked us. It not only spoiled our dinner, which had been very enjoyable thus far, but also affected the poor restaurant owner who is trying to make ends meet after a prolonged shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
I understand that the laws and regulations must be enforced, but there must be a better way to do it. I do hope that the powers that be will support businesses instead of intimidating them. After all, many are just trying to survive in these trying times.
DATUK JOY APPUKUTTAN