The issue surrounding bottled cooking oil subsidies removal by the government has been a major concern among Malaysians over the past week. As per Sinar Harian, some supermarkets have begun marking up the price of more than 40%, as compared to the previous price.
As if that wasn’t enough, there have also been cases where store owners taking advantage of the impending situation. Take this this viral video from Twitter as example. Apparently, the customer was unhappy after he was told to spend RM20 before he could purchase a cooking oil.
Memang kebanyakan kedai macam ni. jual minyak bersyarat, kena belk barang baru boleh beli minyak. pic.twitter.com/kuJ1Zuj6jM
— ISU SEMASA VIRAL (@isusemasaviral) July 7, 2022
The video capturing the incident was reposted on the Isu Semasa Viral Twitter page. It’s understood that the incident took place at a Pak Grocer outlet in Petaling Jaya. At the time of writing (Friday, 8th July), the posting managed to garner over 12k views on social media. Seemingly unhappy with the “condition” imposed to him, the man immediately called the cashier out after he was caught hiding the cooking oil packets.
“Who came up with this rule? I want (to buy) the cooking oil packets. I don’t care. Here, I need to spend at least RM20, so that I can buy the oil? You can’t do that! I want my cooking oil. I am from Malaysia,” the male customer was heard saying. He then made his way to the counter and grabbed two packets of cooking oils, which were apparently kept underneath the cash register machine.
A lot of netizens also chimed in with their thoughts on what the male customer had encountered. Surprisingly, many of them have taken to the comments section to reveal that they’ve encountered the same situation as well. Read some of the comments here:
Others have also called for the authorities to investigate the matter.