Consumers find higher prices hard to swallow

  • Nation
  • Monday, 24 Sep 2007

PETALING JAYA: Although food costs more now, people say they have no choice but to live with it. 

Bachelor A.K. Lim said the chap fun stall selling various pre-cooked dishes he usually frequented for lunch had increased its prices. 

“I usually go to the stall for its sambal fish. Recently, I got a shock when I was charged RM6 for sambal fish, cabbage and half a bowl of rice. It used to be RM4.50 for the same food.”  

The 30-year-old engineer said he would not have noticed the price increase had it not been for the big difference. 

“I now realise that a lot of things have gone up by 20sen to 50sen, which I sometimes don’t realise,” he added. 

Civil servant Ahmad Zulkarnain, 35, said his favourite stall was also charging more. 

“The food at the stalls in Damansara Damai are among the cheapest. A plate of rice, with ikan kembong bakar and some ulam used to cost RM4 but last week, I had to pay RM4.50 for it,” he said. 

He also felt that some restaurants and stalls which did not increase prices were serving smaller portions of food. 

Kishore Nair, 22, said mamak stalls that used to serve a glass of iced Milo at RM1.50, now charged RM2. 

“A simple dish of vegetables and chicken curry used to be about RM3.50. Now, it is about RM5.50. This drastic increase affects students like me,” said Kishore. 

Another undergraduate studying in a private college, Tan Sze Won, 20, said students were the most affected by the increases in food prices.  

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