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Council plans survey on foreigners cooking Penang food

The Star/ANN | Saturday, Jul 26, 2014

A stallholder at the Chowrasta Market in Penang, Malaysia, selling many different types of pickled fruits.

GEORGE TOWN - The Penang Muni­cipal Council has begun a survey to gather public feedback on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's proposal to bar foreigners from cooking local delicacies.

State Local Government Com­mittee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the seven-question survey was being conducted by 50 council officers, especially at hawker centres until Aug 31.

"We want to know how people feel about this proposal before we take action," Chow told a press conference at the Chowrasta Market here yesterday.

He said Lim's proposal had a lot to do with preserving the authenticity and quality of Penang's street food as well as the state's reputation as a food hub.

"Penang has been named 'Best Street Food in Asia' by Time Magazine and our assam laksa received seventh placing in CNN's World's 50 Most Delicious Food," he added.

Chow said foreign workers would be allowed to man jobs at haw­­ker centres that do not include cooking.

He added that those not ap­­proached by any council staff member would also be able to take part in the survey at www.mppp.gov.my.

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