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No need to ban 24-hour eateries, says MP

Publish date: Wed, 24 Apr 2024, 01:23 PM

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need to ban 24-hour eateries over concerns of rising obesity in the country, says a member of Parliament.

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said it was not even necessary for Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad to consider the Consumer Association of Penang's (CAP) call for such restaurants to be abolished.

He said banning 24-hour eateries would restrict food choices and diminish Malaysia's reputation as a food paradise.

"These eateries play a vital role in Malaysia's economy by providing employment opportunities and generating revenue through food sales and tourism," he said in a statement.

Lim said banning 24-hour eateries would lead to job losses and reduced economic activity.

"Additionally, these eateries offer convenience and accessibility to individuals with diverse schedules, including late-shift workers, travellers arriving at unconventional hours, and those with non-traditional lifestyles.

"Furthermore, late-night eateries serve as important social venues where friends and family members can gather after work or during weekends to enjoy meals and bond."

Earlier today, FMT reported Dzulkefly as acknowledging CAP's call on banning 24-eateries to curb obesity but said the suggestion needs to be fine-tuned.

On Monday, CAP president Datuk Mohideen Abdul Kader in calling for the ban of 24-hour eateries, said limiting the intake of late-night meals would be healthier for Malaysians, who are ranked as the most obese adults in Southeast Asia.

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