12 eateries in Penang shut down – so much for xenophobia

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Many Malaysians have this perception that eating places staffed by foreign workers are less hygienic.

But this operation in Penang, which saw 12 eating places shut down, showed that it was the majority of local workers who were the problem.

Check out this report:

State Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said operators need to be vigilant in ensuring the cleanliness of the premises and that the food handlers they employed were protected from diseases.

He said a total of 136 people, which included 94 foreigners were checked if they were given typhoid jabs.

“A majority of the foreigners had fulfilled the requirement.

“Instead, it was a majority of the locals employed who did not get the typhoid jabs. This is a problem.

“It means that our own citizens did not act responsibly,” he said.

So it was the locals who were mainly the problem.

It is the same with crime. Some of us think that areas with large numbers of foreign workers are more prone to crime and social problems; therefore migrant workers are best segregated from the rest of the populations. But a couple of years ago, a top police officer said that statistics showed Malaysians rather than foreigners were the main offenders.

Speaking to reporters at KL Sentral after an awards ceremony on Friday, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police said Malaysians were still the main offenders.

“The highest contributors for crime are locals. However, there are also migrant workers who are involved in crimes such as robberies, house break-ins, prostitution and the like.

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When asked if the influx of foreign workers would increase the crime index, Noor Rashid said yes.

“However, locals are still the largest contributor of crime,” he explained.

But still xenophobic attitudes to foreign workers persist, and we can see that in efforts to build separate migrant workers’ housing away from the rest of the population.

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Norman
Norman
16 Jul 2018 8.05pm

More than 50 years ago, Tan Chooi Hong was just a helper at a hawker stall when he decided to try coming up with his own version of char koay teow. The rest is Siam Road legend.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1652240/more-than-five-decades-of-frying-up-char-koay-teow-at-siam-road

Heng GS
Heng GS
17 Jul 2018 11.29am
Reply to  Norman

My salute to this humble Uncle Tan not commercialized his trade secret of frying in franchised way at shopping malls unlike many so called maestro’s selling the chendol souls to capitalism to earn big bucks at expense of B40 loyalty.

BB resident
BB resident
26 Jul 2018 12.27pm
Reply to  Norman

Another tribute to Siam Road Char Kway Teow:-

Tim
Tim
19 Jul 2018 3.32pm

The back lanes and longkangs are infested with rats and cockroachs or kachuaks, at night they will enter the shops however clean it might be.

Ista
Ista
20 Jul 2018 5.09pm
Reply to  Tim

Especially true at those roadside eateries. See the report on The Star today.

BB resident
BB resident
26 Jul 2018 12.24pm

Three nasi kandar restaurants in Little India, Pulau Pinang have been ordered to close for two weeks after failing to meet state Health Department hygiene and health standards.

BB resident
BB resident
26 Jul 2018 12.32pm

Cambodian’s rat cuisine

Too bad we do not have many Cambodian workers.

tunglang
tunglang
23 Jul 2018 9.02am

[Exclusive] ‘PH will rid country of illegals’ https://malaysia.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-apos-ph-rid-country-004043734.html While “official” statistics put their number at just under a million, many, including those dealing with foreign migrants in the country, have maintained that the number could be well over two million. The Home Ministry said the government, which is more than two months old, believed the task was not only doable, but could be achieved in just over a month. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Azis Jamman said the approach this time would spare the kid gloves. Errant employers and their illegal foreign workers, he said, would not only be rounded up… Read more »

Bixby
Bixby
24 Jul 2018 12.42pm
Reply to  tunglang

No need so many foreign workers, csn csuse social unease.

Mah HS
Mah HS
21 Jul 2018 2.44pm

8 Worrying Facts About Illegal Immigrants in Malaysia that You Should Know

https://www.worldofbuzz.com/8-worrying-facts-illegal-immigrants-malaysia-know/

Norman
Norman
20 Jul 2018 9.25am

50 Singapore eateries receive Michelin’s Bib Gourmand this year

The list includes 17 new entrants, including The Coconut Club and Muthu’s Curry , while 28 of the recipients are found in hawker centres.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-michelin-bib-gourmand-2018-full-list-10539752

Ista
Ista
20 Jul 2018 5.10pm
Reply to  Norman

It goes to show we are a third world country compared to the first world country like Singapore.

BB resident
BB resident
26 Jul 2018 12.30pm
Reply to  Norman

50 Singapore hawkers make it into Michelin guide

Better no Michelin recognition for Penang hawker food as it will cause the price to go up.

Norman
Norman
19 Jul 2018 10.22am

Animal dung found all over three shops in George Town

Health inspectors checked on several eateries in Penang Road that were popular with tourists and were stunned to find that rats had unhindered access to Monirul Corner’s back kitchen.

The restaurant was ordered to close for two weeks and cleaned up, along with Tong Seng Hainan Chicken Rice and Kek Seng Cafe, popular for its signature ice kacang that comes with its in-­house durian ice-cream and jelly.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/19/animal-dung-found-all-over-three-shops-sweetmeats-and-rice-found-contaminated-during-inspections/#RPbX1jAQeSQS3Gua.99

Tim
Tim
19 Jul 2018 3.30pm
Reply to  Norman

Scaring away tourists.

tunglang
tunglang
17 Jul 2018 8.09am

SST to be set at 6pct for services, 10pct for sales
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/434461

Now, will we pay more tax under SST?
What categories of goods & services are exempted?
Will goods bought online from overseas be taxed over what minimal amount of purchase?

Norman
Norman
17 Jul 2018 7.18pm
Reply to  tunglang

According to TV3’s Ringgit Sense, manufactured goodsare subjected to SST, and price likely to go up. Better buy your electrical appliances before 1 Sep.

Ista
Ista
20 Jul 2018 5.14pm
Reply to  tunglang

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) was so much efficient than the Sales and Services Tax (SST) that it caused ordinary Malaysians to be burdened with tax, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said in jest today.

Lim concluded that the GST resulted in more Malaysians paying more taxes and hurt their cost of living.

tunglang
tunglang
21 Jul 2018 2.58pm
Reply to  Ista

GST is very, very bad! The truth is: GST taxes a goods at each level of a supply chain. Example: if a Toyota absorber part you ordered passes from one Supplier A to the next Supplier B & then to Supplier C, GST monstrously gobble up 6% at each supplier stage. So, Toyota absorber priced at Rm250 x 6% = Rm265 (sold at Supplier A) > Rm265 x 6% = Rm280.90 (got from Supplier A & sold at Supplier B) > Rm280.90 x 6% = Rm297.75 (got from Supplier B & sold to you at Supplier C) From Rm250 to… Read more »

Norman
Norman
16 Jul 2018 5.35pm

Whither billions stolen under the guise of Indian quota?
https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/434433

No xenophobic but castephobic within MIC?

tunglang
tunglang
16 Jul 2018 7.16am

It is mandatory for those employed in the food serving to get a medical jab @ Komtar (which level I am not sure). Many food outlets & hawkers prefer to employ cheap, cheap wai lao BUT do you think they want to spend Rm30+ per jab (which lasts for 2 years, I was told)? At my in-laws residencial area, some stray cats suddenly went missing – caught & skinned & eaten by Vietnamese workers from a factory nearby. What if these health-risking-cat-eating Vietnamese were to be employed in the food service, which you can see elsewhere? Anil, this is not… Read more »

Heng GS
Heng GS
16 Jul 2018 9.02pm
Reply to  tunglang

Anil can visit Sapa village of northern Vietnam to have hilly fresh air. On morning go to their market to see meow meow cats sold not as pets but gastronomic cuisines.

tunglang
tunglang
21 Jul 2018 3.00pm
Reply to  Heng GS

Cats caught & sold are not hygienic as these felines eat anything from rats, rodents, dead animals to cockroaches! Anyone who farmed hygienic cats for dining?, I have not heard of.

Janet Seah
Janet Seah
22 Jul 2018 12.15pm
Reply to  tunglang

No farming. They feed on strays. FOC.

tunglang
tunglang
23 Jul 2018 9.05am
Reply to  Janet Seah

Isn’t that a callous health risk cuisine?

Muthu
Muthu
15 Jul 2018 6.39pm

Dining area may be clean but the kitchen and washing area are usually dirty, not seen by customers.

Do locals need to take anti typhoid jab?

Norman
Norman
16 Jul 2018 8.09pm
Reply to  Muthu

You remind me of Muthu’s Curry, the best in Singapore:
https://www.muthuscurry.com/

Norman
Norman
15 Jul 2018 4.58pm

Inequality makes people anxious. How? Well, according to Kate Pickett, in unequal societies we become more conscious of our position in society, more aware of our status. That creates anxiety. And that in turn is linked to all sorts of bad outcomes, such as obesity, lower life-expectancy, and higher levels of teenage pregnancy. It’s also linked, claims Professor Pickett, to consumerism.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06dky39

Norman
Norman
15 Jul 2018 4.18pm

While on the subject of food, let conedian Joanne Kam tells you the difference of Nasi Lemak Malaysia vs Nasi Lemak Singapore: