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Penang to ban foreign cooks at hawker outlets from January
The DAP-led Penang government is to ban foreigners from working as the main cooks at hawker food outlets starting Jan 1, 2015.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state executive council made the decision after 86 per cent of respondents in a survey supported the proposal.
He said the requirement for street hawkers to employ only local cooks would be made one of the criteria in their licence application.
“Hawkers will be given a one-year transition period starting from Jan 1 next year to enable them to adjust to the new ruling, and it will be done in stages, not immediately,” he told reporters here today.
Lim said the decision applied to all street hawkers, coffee shops, hawker complexes and shopping mall food courts.
“Foreigners can assist the cook or be kitchen helper at the shops but the main cooks must be locals in order to protect the food heritage,” he said, adding that restaurants would be exempted from the policy.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said that all hawkers would have to abide by the ruling by Jan 1, 2016.
“Hawkers who fail to abide by it will face action, including revocation of their hawker licence,” he said.
Chow said that according to the survey, 86.02 per cent agreed with the Penang Municipal Council withdrawing the licences of hawkers who employed foreign cooks, and only 13.98 per cent rejected the idea.
He added that a sticker bearing the tagline ‘Penang Food is the Best’ would be given to outlets complying with the policy.
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