KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry will meet Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) soon over the proposed price increase of drinks and food in March, its minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said.
“I will be calling them (Presma) for a meeting to discuss their proposed price increase,” he said after a walkabout at the Pudu Urban Transformation Centre yesterday.
Hasan said he was caught unaware by Presma’s announcement yesterday as it had not indicated any move to raise prices of drinks and food.
“Presma was among several groups that I met recently and the issue of a price increase was not raised by it,” he said.
He said talks with Presma would focus on how to find a suitable solution for the association members.
On Sunday, Presma president Noorul Hassan Saul said Indian Muslim restaurants and mamak stall operators will be raising prices of their drinks and food in March.
He said the price rise of between 5% and 15% was inevitable due to the recent fuel and sugar subsidy cuts.
On a separate issue, Hassan said the Government intended to set up 60 more Kedai 1Malaysia nationwide this year.
He said that since its launch in 2011, 125 Kedai 1Malaysia were set up to offer the rakyat an alternative choice to shop for their daily essentials.