The Human Resources Ministry wants all restaurants in the country to only recruit locals as cooks from July 1, says it’s minister M Kulasegaran.
He, however, said all operators would be given up to the end of the year to ensure only local chefs work in their restaurants.
He said this was as the regulation permitting locals as cooks in all restaurants will be effective from January 1, 2019.
“So we want locals to be employed as cooks. There will be no compromise… we are giving you notice to do it by December 31. If you don’t do it, we can’t help it,” he told Bernama News Channel yesterday.
Earlier, Kulasegaran held a meeting with the Indian Restaurant Operators Association (Prisma) in Petaling Jaya.
He said the ministry will be holding more meetings with Prisma as well as the Indian Muslim Restaurant Operators Association (Presma) soon on the implementation of local cooks in restaurants.
Kulasegaran said the move would be able to reduce the dependence of local restaurants on foreign labour and ensure the quality of local food served.