Don't hire foreigners to prepare food, eateries told

Cabbages left exposed outside a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. Eateries disregarding hygiene standards have been pinpointed as the source of the recent typhoid outbreak.
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KUALA LUMPUR - Eateries in the city should not hire foreigners to prepare food, said Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said he had requested the ministry's licensing division to meet with food operators and conduct random spotchecks on cleanliness and the hiring of foreigners in the kitchen.

"I have said it before, if there are too many foreigners in the kitchen, it will bring problems," he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Tengku Adnan said he was happy with the food operators at Jalan Alor as they had given their commitment that only locals would be allowed to be food outlet operators.

"It is all right to hire foreigners as cleaners and waiters but all my statements get twisted," he said.

"When I talk about rats, people get angry. When I talk about the homeless, they get angry. When I talk about how soup kitchens should take care of cleanliness, people are still angry with me."

He said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall would co-operate with the Health Ministry to monitor and find a solution to the problem.