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KUALA LUMPUR: Raj’s Banana Leaf, the Bangsar restaurant which gained overnight infamy after a video of its workers washing eating utensils in a puddle went viral, has been ordered to close temporarily.

It is learnt that the Federal Territories Health Department’s Food Quality and Safety Department visited the premises today to conduct a check.

Two vans carrying 10 personnel arrived at the restaurant about 9.20am.

Ten minutes later, a Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) van arrived. The restaurant, which was not in operation today, was only manned by one worker who was there to open the shop to allow inspectors to enter.

Raj’s Banana Leaf, the Bangsar restaurant which gained overnight infamy after a video of its workers washing eating utensils in a puddle went viral, has been ordered to close temporarily. Pix by Fazrik Kamarudin

A video showing restaurant workers washing eating utensils in a puddle of water went viral yesterday.

The restaurant’s management subsequently offered an apology via its Facebook page. It said the restaurant consistently obtained high rating for cleanliness, and the problem stemmed from new workers.

The restaurant said they will continue to monitor their kitchen attentively and carefully, stating that hygiene and cleanliness are their top priorities.

Raj's Banana Leaf said strict action had been taken against the staff members involved, assuring that such a thing would not happen again. Saying that they understood the concern by customers, the restaurant expressed hope that 'you will still give us a chance to serve you in the future'.

The restaurant, as a token of apology, also said it would be serving free ‘buka puasa’ meals at its Bangsar outlet on May 31 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

However, it remains unknown whether the event will take place, given the temporary closure order issued by DBKL.

Federal Territories Health Department’s Food Quality and Safety Department visited the premises of Raj’s Banana Leaf restaurant in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur today to conduct a check. Pix by Fazrik Kamarudin
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