Mayor says to block business licence renewal for dirty premises

Rosli Mansor

A total of 50 percent of the 6,000 food premises around the city of Ipoh were found to have achieved ‘standard A’ after a hygiene inspection carried out by the Ipoh City Council (MBI) enforcers.

The mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin said that the cooperation from the food premises operators was very encouraging and it was hoped that the percentage of those who have obtained the A-standard would increase even more.

“MBI welcomes the recent proposal by the Minister of Housing and Local Government, Nga Kor Ming, who wants local authorities (PBT) across the country to establish public toilet cleanliness monitoring units.

“MBI authorities will conduct continuous inspections of food premises. Strict action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the cleanliness of the premise’s environment, especially the toilet area.

“MBI will not hesitate to take action against the traders involved as the ministry declared not to allow their business licences to be renewed in 2024,” he told Ipoh Echo in a press conference after officiating the opening of Lalaland Cafe on Jalan Lasam, Ipoh today.

However, according to Rumaizi, through an inspection carried out last January, it was found that traders around Ipoh city did not experience any problems in complying with the cleanliness aspect of the premises.

“I am confident that in the next inspection, the percentage that obtains standard B will increase to standard A. This is not a big problem for them to improve the level of cleanliness of their premises,” he said.

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