GEORGE TOWN - The Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) raided the island's popular Line Clear nasi kandar outlet, which has been embroiled in an ownership tussle since last year.
Enforcement officers seized and carted away tables and chairs during the 4am operation yesterday.
However, outlet operator Abdul Hamid Seeni Pakir, 60, stayed defiant and continued the business with the remaining tables and chairs.
"The high-handed action of the council is uncalled for as we are still negotiating who should operate the restaurant. MPPP has no right to determine who runs it," he said.
Abdul Hamid described the council's action as "totally inconsiderate" and said no prior notice was given.
"Only a few workers were present and although one of them pleaded for time to contact me, the officers went ahead and loaded the tables and chairs onto a truck."
About 40 enforcement officers from the MPPP Licensing and Public Health Department were involved in the operation off Penang Road.
In a statement issued later, the council said the restaurant was not allowed to continue its business as the current operators did not have a licence for this year.