Earlier this month, Malaysians were amused by a 7.48kg ‘ikan siakap’ (sea bass) that was being billed at RM1,196.80 by a restaurant in Langkawi.
On Tuesday (23 November), a netizen had took to Facebook to share a copy of a receipt totalling to RM106.60 from Penang’s oldest nasi kandar restaurant, Hameediyah Restaurant, showing how the restaurant charged RM100 for 2 fresh sotong goreng (fried squid), along with a photo of the dish.
However, it is not stated whether the receipt belongs to him.
Nonetheless, the Facebook post had went viral on social media and netizens are criticising the restaurant for charging sotong goreng at such a price.
Speaking to NST, Hameediyah Lebuh Campbell director Muhammad Riyaaz Syed Ibrahim said he was the person who attended to the customer who had ordered the sotong goreng.
He said the prices of all items sold in the restaurant are clearly written on the board, with the sotong dish being sold from between RM10 and RM150.
Riyaaz explained that when the couple ordered the sotong goreng, they did not enquire about the price. They clearly see when he inputs the amount on the computer system at the cash registry, but did not complain or say anything then.
He said that it was unfortunate that they decided to post the copy of the receipt on social media, as if they wanted to make this viral.
He added that he understands that people may have a tight budget, hence, they should always for the price before buying.
Riyaaz said they had sourced for the sotong between RM35 to more than RM40 per kg and the price in the market keeps fluctuating.
“The sotong goreng we packed for the couple was of big size, which was supposed to have cost between RM110 and RM120 for two. However, I gave them a discount.” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has issued a notice to the restaurant that they will be conducting an investigation under Section 53 (A) of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
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