3 Famous Nasi Kandar Outlets In Penang Were Ordered To Close Because Of Uncleanliness

Rat droppings and live cockroaches were found at eateries on Macalister Road, George Town.

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Three popular nasi kandar eateries in Penang were recently raided and ordered to close temporarily by Penang Island City Council (MBPP) officers

A worker serving nasi kandar.

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During an operation by MBPP on Thursday, 20 February, The Star reported that several nasi kandar outlets along Jalan Gurdwara were slapped with compounds of over RM200.

The three premises that were ordered to temporarily close were a restaurant inside a hostel on Jalan Macalister, a sundry shop operating as an eatery, and a coffee shop on Jalan Gurdwara.

Famous restaurants, Deens Maju Nasi Kandar and Line Clear Nasi Kandar, were issued with three compounds in total

According to The Star, Deens Maju Nasi Kandar placed raw food materials on the floor and were improperly storing hard-boiled eggs, which could lead to cross-contamination.

Meanwhile, Line Clear Nasi Kandar was found storing their food mix in a freezer.

Customers queuing up at Deens Maju Nasi Kandar.

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MBPP's environmental health officer Bawani Murugasan has since ordered all three premises to temporarily close

Both outlets were among six premises checked by MBPP officers yesterday, 20 February.

Seven compounds totalling RM520 were issued to four of the six premises.

In a statement with The Star, Bawani said, "We found rat droppings at the premises in Macalister Road, while the other premises in Jalan Gurdwara were found to have live cockroaches and a dead rat. The third, a hawker centre, also in Jalan Gurdwara, was found to have poor hygiene and rat droppings."  

Bawani Murugasan (right) inspecting the premises.

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Bawani added that spot checks will be ongoing throughout Penang Island this year

"This is our eighth spot check since we started our operations last November," Bawani said, according to New Straits Times.

"We checked 28 premises so far, and closed down 21 premises. A total of 33 compounds worth RM2,500 were also issued. Now that we have conducted spot checks for a while, we can see a slight improvement in hygiene and cleanliness at some outlets," she added.

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A popular nasi kandar shop in Bangsar was also ordered to close down temporarily until 25 February:

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