We customers don’t think that much of what’s happening at the back of most grocery stores or restaurants. We frequently disregard the condition of the store or restaurant in favour of the price when making decisions.
On Thursday (21st July), Shah Alam City Hall (MBSA) Health Inspection Department assessed Section 7 Commercial Centre in Shah Alam, which houses grocery stores and eateries. What’s more surprising was the damage done by the premises, including raising chickens in one of the toilets there. A second inspection was conducted on the 28th July around the same premises.
In the first round of inspection, the MBSA Health Inspection Department issued 32 compounds and 2 notices to the premises; in the second round of inspection, 49 compounds were issued. Other offences made by the vendors include using the washrooms as storerooms, the food handlers not appropriately dressed with the absence of aprons, hats, and shoes, placing food on the floor, and not displaying their business licences at the shop.
According to one of the netizen’s comments on Facebook, the commercial centre has been in this poor condition for seven years. He also called for holistic resolutions instead of just issuing compounds to these business owners as it repeatedly proved that the compounds would not affect them or their businesses.
Other netizens also took the time to comment on the incident. “Disclose the name of the restaurant, why do you need to hide the shop’s name,” “It’ll be better if they do this (inspection) every day,” and “I don’t want to eat here,” they wrote.
This teaches us to pay more attention to where we eat and purchase our household goods.