Penang council vows to crack down on dirty eateries

A health official checking a shop in Penang during the three-hour crackdown on dirty premises on Wednesday.

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) today vowed to take action against errant restaurant owners who refuse to keep their premises clean.

This followed reports of three popular restaurants in the Chulia Street area here being ordered to close for two weeks due to unsanitary conditions.

MBPP public health and licensing standing committee alternate chair Wong Yuee Harng said the council will continue to follow up on repeat offenders.

He said during the joint operations conducted on Wednesday with the state Health Department, 10 outlets were fined RM5,600 for various offences.

Wong Yuee Harng.

He said MBPP collected RM4,500 from 26 notices issued for licensing violations, and five notices related to grease traps and disposal of food waste. Two unsanitary premises were fined RM1,100 by the Health Department.

“The Health Department closed three restaurants for 14 days due to cleanliness issues.”

Wong said three outlets were found to be operating without business licences. The MBPP Heritage Department issued a notice to a shop for building an illegal toilet within the world heritage site.

Wong said exterminators engaged by the council also caught 38 rats during the operation.

He said a total of 60 people from MBPP and the Health Department took part in the three-hour operation from 9am till noon.