Just when the public thought the fuss surrounding local food outlets overcharging their customers have died down, another similar issue apparently arose this past weekend.
This time, many netizens were left in shock after discovering the price of a stir-fried kailan with salted fish (kailan ikan masin) sold at a restaurant in Penang cost the customer RM18!
The latest issue began making its rounds on social media after a photo of the receipt shared by an individual believed to be a customer of a restaurant located in Kepala Batas, Georgetown, Penang, went viral yesterday (Sunday, 28th November). The name of the location wasn’t disclosed specifically in the social media post.
“We are fully aware that the price of raw materials is increasing now. This includes the price of snapper fish (‘ikan jenahak’), vegetables, ‘ulam’ (traditional salads) and also sambal. It’s okay, we accept the fact with an open heart,” the customer wrote in the viral post.
The internet user then remorsefully remarked, “But, the fact that a small plate of salted fish kailan that can only be eaten by one person was priced at RM18 is really hard to accept. What can I do?” As seen in the receipt, the customer also bought other dishes including a snapper fish worth RM90, mixed vegetables (RM9), and also ulam and sambal worth (RM5).
Following that, it was later reported that the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Penang had already issued a Goods Information Verification Notice (NPMB) to the owner of the aforementioned food premise.
“KPDNHEP enforcement officers had conducted an investigation regarding a consumer’s complaint on the price of a dish, which was deemed too expensive and wasn’t worth the quantity given on the same day this issue came to light. The notice has been issued to the owner, and they must respond within two working days,” they revealed in their official statement.