Line Clear reopens after three-day forced closure

By Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, March 17 — Popular alleyway nasi kandar outlet Line Clear, which was closed by the state health department due to unsanitary conditions, reopened for business at 8am today.

The eatery, popular among visitors and some locals, was ordered to close at 8pm on March 13 after the authorities conducted a cleanliness inspection and found rats and cockroaches on its premises.

The restaurant, along with neighbouring Yasmeen Restaurant, were ordered to close under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 for failing to meet hygiene standards for restaurants.

Both restaurants were initially ordered to close for two weeks, but the notice of closure for Line Clear was removed yesterday.

Workers setting up the counter with pots of curries and dishes from 8am onwards.

The restaurant only opened for business this morning, and workers started setting up the counters with pots of curries and dishes from 7am onwards.

According to Penang state health department director Datuk Dr Sukumar Mahesan, they conducted another inspection at Line Clear yesterday.

“It is found that the restaurant’s cleanliness and hygiene standards have met with hygiene criteria so they are allowed to open for operations again,” he said in a statement issued today in response to questions from the media regarding the re-opening of the outlet.

Line Clear and Yasmeen Restaurant next to it were ordered to close due to poor hygiene on March 13, 2017.

As for Yasmeen Restaurant, he said the department’s inspection officers will conduct the re-inspection today.

“Once the restaurants meet with the act’s hygiene criteria, they will be allowed to reopen for business, otherwise, the closure will be extended to not more than 14 days,” he said.