POP­U­LAR NASI KAN­DAR OUT­LETS SHUT DOWN OVER RATS, COCK­ROACHES

Health of­fi­cers find rat drop­pings, car­casses dur­ing in­spec­tion

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AU­DREY DER­MAWAN GE­ORGE TOWN au­dreymd@nst.com.my

THE owner of the pop­u­lar 70-year-old Line Clear food out­let here said work­ers nor­mally clean up the eatery af­ter fin­ish­ing busi­ness at 5am daily.

Sahul­bar Ali, 59, who took over the eatery two weeks ago, said they would wash the whole place thor­oughly ev­ery Tues­day.

“How­ever, we are op­er­at­ing in an open space and it is hard for us to con­trol the rats run­ning around,” he said.

Line Clear restau­rant was one of the two nasi kan­dar out­lets in Penang or­dered to close for two weeks af­ter health of­fi­cers found rat drop­pings, car­casses and cock­roaches in the premises.

Their toi­lets were also found to be filthy.

The other out­let is Yas­meen Nasi Kan­dar Restau­rant, lo­cated next to Line Clear in Jalan Penang.

Lat­iff Thulka­r­nain, 56, from Yas­meen, said the eatery would be cleaned up thor­oughly so that it could re­sume op­er­a­tions soon.

Rats were seen run­ning around Line Clear restau­rant dur­ing a joint op­er­a­tion by the state Health Depart­ment and the Penang Is­land City Coun­cil.

Sup Hameed Restau­rant, also op­er­at­ing in Jalan Penang, was fined RM1,000 by the depart­ment and an­other RM340 by the coun­cil for lack of clean­li­ness as well.

Su­per­vi­sor Aishah Masthan said that Line Clear, as a big name in the food and bev­er­age in­dus­try, should have prac­tised proper hy­giene and care.

“I hope the man­age­ment will not re­peat the same mis­take. Don’t tar­nish Penang’s name as a food haven.”

Muham­mad Aizud­din Is­mail, 24, said nasi kan­dar op­er­a­tors should al­ways prac­tise clean­li­ness.

Dur­ing yes­ter­day’s op­er­a­tion, the coun­cil’s pub­lic health al­ter­nate chair­man, Ong Ah Teong, said both premises were given two weeks to clean up their act be­fore they were al­lowed to re­sume op­er­a­tions.

“For now, both restau­rants are con­sid­ered dirty,” he said, adding that the premises con­tra­vened Sec­tion 11 of the Food Act 1983.

PIC BY ZU­LAIKHA ZAIN­UZ­MAN

A health of­fi­cer in­spect­ing one of the eater­ies’ kitchen in Ge­orge Town yes­ter­day.

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