Kayu Nasi Kandar boss urges in-depth study before foreign chef ban

The government says it will ban foreign cooks in restaurants beginning next year. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: A restaurant entrepreneur has suggested a one-stop centre to process the hiring of local chefs as required by the human resource ministry beginning next year.

“In this food & beverage (F&B) sector, we have a lot of problems because we do not have a one-stop centre to resolve them in one go.

“We have to go through many bodies to get workers. They include the home ministry and human resources ministry,” said Kayu Nasi Kandar Restaurant Group chief executive officer Sirajudin Mohamed Mydin.

He said the ministry could provide training or programmes to help the F&B industry develop human capital in the specific sector.

“How can we have a chef if we do not have a specific institution that develops the F&B industry, especially in our sector? Currently, we are focusing too much on the hotel industry,” he told Bernama today.

He said the ministry should carry out an in-depth study before enforcing the policy as it could adversely affect key players in the industry as well as consumers.