Allow minimum seating dine-in at restaurants, says association
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association (Primas) has called on the government to allow dine-in at eateries nationwide to avoid more operators from going bankrupt.
Its president J Suresh said while Primas is grateful for the government’s decision to extend daily restaurant operating hours from 6am to 10pm, the move merely contributes as little as three per cent more in daily sales.
He said a minimum seating of two customers per table should be allowed as this would greatly help restaurant operators in their daily expenses during the current Movement Control Order 3.0 (MCO 3.0).
“The recent extension (of MCO 3.0) will lead many restaurant owners into bankruptcy and financial turmoil.
“(It is) very unfortunate to know (that) recently, a restaurant owner committed suicide due to unbearable stress (caused by overwhelming) debts and commitments.
“Restaurants should be allowed minimum seating capacity as operators are adhering to the standard operating procedure (SOP) set by the authorities,” he said in a statement today.
On Sunday, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said restaurants and food premises are allowed to operate from 6am to 10pm starting June 28.
He added that in phase one of the National Recovery Plan, the MCO SOPs is still in use, where all social and economic activities are prohibited, except for essential services as listed by the National Security Council (NSC).
However, after 15 months of various MCOs implemented in the country, Suresh said many outlets have been permanently closed as the operators were unable to meet the basic needs of their employees.
The only solution would be allowing them to open with stricter SOPs and guidelines, he remarked.
Meanwhile, Suresh said the association felt that the current measures of aallowing unlicensed vendors to operate in open spaces was not a smart move.
“We notice that (bigger) crowds gather at these places and the SOPs had been compromised openly.” -NST