A restaurant was given a warning by the authorities for allowing its staff to dine in at the outlet.
Owner of the MyBurgerLab restaurant in Sunway City, Petaling Jaya revealed the incident yesterday, saying that it was unclear that the ongoing ban on dining in at eateries, which carries a RM25,000 (US$6,000) fine, would also apply to restaurant employees. But that did not stop MyBurgerlab owner Renyi Chin from standing up to officers who had stormed his premises after they saw his employee eating there minutes before clocking in for his 5:30pm shift.
“Are staff suppose to hide in the corner to eat? … Why must the enforcement officers be so unsympathetic?” Chin, 28, wrote online yesterday.
“[Half-baked] SOPs and MCOs are dished out as you please, we have no choice but to just abide and follow,” he added.
Malaysia is in the middle of its third nationwide lockdown, which bans dining out, interstate travel, and visiting homes.
After confronting the three officers, including showing them his employee’s proof of employment and work schedule, Chin was given a warning, he said. The officers also told him that employees should “hide” when eating at their workplace.
“Still no solid answer of whether staff can eat in-store during breaks… No one who is legally working has to cower in a corner to eat his/her meal. We all have our dignity,” Chin added.
Others have also criticized the officers.
“No sympathy or empathy at all for business owners. Why must we hide and eat, when we’re working there?” Facebook user Kristine Tang Yin Hui commented.
“Let off with a “warning”? Any warning is unjustifiable if there is no wrongdoing,” Kian Tong Lim said. “This is clearly a blunder created by none other than the enforcement officers themselves. Rather than trying to hide their incompetence by way of a ‘warning’ (which is so typical of them), they should instead apologise.”
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