WHILE many hawkers have come under bad light for raising their prices indiscriminately, a notable hawker in Kimberley Street, Penang, has chosen to register his business for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) but he will not be charging it to his customers.
Dubbed Penang’s most famous koay chiap stall, its operator Por Beng Kuan, 54, said he was absorbing the GST.
“My business is still good so there is no change in the price. Many may wonder why a roadside hawker stall like mine has a computer system for GST,” he added.
“I actually own a shop but I chose to put my stall outside while allowing my customers to sit comfortably inside,” he said.
A check by The Star showed that customers had queued up even before the stall open for business at 5.30pm.
Regular customer and blogger Ng Sock Peng, 35, said the hawker’s move to absorb the GST was great and that itself would make many customers happy.
A bowl of koay chiap sells for between RM7.50 and RM10. Por sells 200 to 300 bowls a day.