Line Clear says sorry after forced closure over unhygienic premises

By Opalyn Mok
Line Clear workers prepare to open for business in Penang, March 17, 2017. — Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, March 17 — Reopened three days after health authorities found it dirty, popular nasi kandar eatery Line Clear apologised to its customers today and promised to keep its premises clean.

Sahubali China Mohd Hanibah, 58, who currently runs the alley eatery admitted to overlooking cleanliness.

“As the official operator for this year, I wish to apologise to all our customers and I promise to resolve this issue by ensuring our level of cleanliness is according to the Health Department's requirements,” he told a news conference here this afternoon.

He added that he has hired a cleaning company to ensure the hygiene is up to scratch.

“We will even ask the council to conduct periodic spot checks to ensure that the cleanliness of our premises is always up to standard,” he added, referring to the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).

Line Clear was forced to close after officers from the MBPP and state Health Department found rats and cockroaches on its premises during a joint inspection last Monday.

The authorities cleared them for reopening after a second inspection yesterday.

The daughter of another Line Clear partner, Jumah Bee Kalanda Mastan, claimed business losses of about RM10,000 during the three-day closure.

“We have done a lot of things in these three days; cleaning the drains, repainted the walls, changed all the tables and cooking utensils and we even used strong chemicals in cleaning to get rid of all rats and cockroaches,” she said.

Line Clear is operated by three different people who take turns to run the eatery on an annual rotation basis.