Thursday, March 29, 2007

Cleanliness certificates for restaurants

IN a move to boost the image of restaurants in the city, Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) awarded 100 with cleanliness certificates. The certificates were recently presented to restaurants that met the standards for clean premises and hygienic practices.

Ten among the 100 were awarded the cleanest certificate award for being tops in score.

They are The Lotus Family Restaurant, Restoran Thai Corner, Restoran Pucuk Ubi, Kenny Rogers, Dragon-I Restaurant, Kerala Kottaram, San Francisco Steak House, Restoran Sri Melaka, D’Tandoor Restaurant Damansara Utama and Shogun Japanese Restaurant.

PJ mayor Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said this was the first time the council was awarding certificates in recognition of clean restaurants.

Among the cleanest: (From left) Doraisingam accepting the award from MBPJ councillor Wong Chee Yong and Roslan.
“We are now a city and our restaurants need to project the right image, especially to tourists as this is Visit Malaysia Year 2007,” he said.

”The certificates are valid for a year, but this does not mean that the recipients are allowed to slacken in keeping their premises clean. If customers find that any of the certified restaurants are not up to standard, they can call the council and we will inspect the restaurant and revoke the certificate if the restaurant really is dirty.”

Roslan said the certificate programme would also include roadside stalls next year although enforcement officers were also currently inspecting stalls.

Lotus Group chief executive officer Datuk R. Doraisingam said the group emphasised on cleanliness and serving good healthy food at their restaurants and the recognition by MBPJ meant a lot to them.

On another matter, Roslan said the council had appointed 10 officers tasked with inspecting business licences.

“We are following the state directive to have officers just for inspecting licences because there are many businesses that do not renew their licences. This job was previously done by enforcement officers but we now have licence inspectors to do the job full time,” he said.

Source : STAR
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