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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

(The Star) ‘Smart Mamak’ to cut costs at outlets

PUTRAJAYA: Mamak restaurant patrons can soon order their favourite roti canai and mee goreng on their mobile phones.

A mobile application dubbed Smart Mamak was developed by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) as a possible solution to tackle the dependence on foreign workers at ma­­mak restaurants, said UKM deputy vice-chancellor (research and innovation) Prof Dr Mohd Ekhwan Toriman.

“This will reduce costs and increase profits for the restaurants,” he said.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh launched the app yesterday.

Dr Mohd Ekhwan added that the app was designed based on the self-service concept, which reduces waiting time for food.

“Customers can just pick up their food when they arrive at the restaurant,” he said.

App users can review and rank the restaurants on a variety of criteria, including the hygiene level, which will then allow Malaysia Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) to rate the restaurants, he added.

UKM vice-chancellor Datuk Seri Dr Noor Azlan Ghani said the app was developed by the university’s Information Technology and Systems Faculty, Social and Humanities Faculty, and Economy and Commerce Faculty in collaboration with Presma.

The app is being piloted at Res­toran Ali Maju in Precinct 2, Putrajaya, with a target of having all 4,000 Presma restaurants onboard.

Meanwhile, Idris said in Cyberjaya earlier that the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) would be the sole body responsible for accrediting and recognising qualifications for positions in the civil service.

This is to avoid duplication of functions with the Public Service Department (JPA), he added.

Speaking to reporters after launching the new MQA office at Bangunan Mercu MQA yesterday, he said job applicants do not have to validate their certifications with JPA before submitting their applications.

They only have to ensure their courses are in the list of accredited certifications in the Malaysian Qualifications Registry and e-Sisraf, which are available on the MQA website.

However, job applications must still be done through JPA, Idris added.