PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) has denied claims circulating on social media that its members overcharge for teh tarik and roti canai.
The association, with support from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, addressed several allegations on social media, including a statement made by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, claiming that mamak restaurant owners have been overcharging on the two items.
Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said he set up a meeting with members of the association on Wednesday to verify whether or not the claims were true.
After comparing the prices for selected food items this month with those in April last year, he said Presma had made every effort to ensure that prices in its establishments are reasonable.
"I don't understand how this issue came about, including a statement made by my friend in the Cabinet,” Hamzah said.
"I held this discussion because I accept his statement, which is why I set up a meeting with Presma to prove that they want to charge the rakyat reasonable prices," Hamzah told a press conference at his ministry on Wednesday.
Presma president Ayoob Khan Muhamad Yakub said members in the association who are found guilty of flouting ministry regulations laws would be expelled.
"We have cooperated with the ministry for so long. They monitor our prices closely, and will know the second we increase our prices.
"We will meet Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan and several non-governmental organisations on Thursday to discuss the matter," he said.
Ayoob Khan said the association would soon introduce a discount card for people with disabilities, senior citizens and Malaysian students to help ease their financial burdens.
It was reported that at the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress annual general meeting on April 15, Tengku Adnan had chided mamak restaurant owners who overcharged for teh tarik and roti canai.
He said even though the subsidy on sugar was reduced by 34 sen per kilo, some restaurants had raised the price of a glass of teh tarik by 50 sen.Currently, 10,000 restaurants across the country are registered under Presma.