Mamak eateries stick to old prices


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 16 May 2020

Spicy delights: A staff member tends to trays of dishes at restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

PETALING JAYA: Prices of chicken and fish dishes will remain the same at mamak restaurants despite the increase in the price of raw materials.

Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) president Datuk Jawahar Ali Taib Khan says they do not want to burden customers in the wake of economic challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are all feeling the pinch. Our revenue dropped by 70% to 80% since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed on March 18.

“And the price of poultry had increased from below RM5 per kg to about RM6.60 per kg, while the price of fish went up by 10% to 15%.

“The prices keep fluctuating daily, depending on supply and demand.

“Despite the challenges, we have asked our 4,200 members not to pass the burden to customers.

“It is our social responsibility to give back to society whatever we could during hard times.

“Yes, our profit margin will narrow significantly, but the gain from good deeds is priceless.

“Furthermore, the government has done so much to help cushion the blow for businesses.

“The six-month moratorium on bank loan servicing is a great relief.

“Since the conditional MCO was imposed on May 4, and we are allowed to operate until 10pm (compared to 8pm previously), we see our revenue increasing again, ” said Jawahar Ali.

Presma had also directed its monitoring bureaus nationwide to ensure members kept to the old price list.

There are 11,000 Muslim restaurant owners nationwide, but only about 4,200 are Presma members.

Checks at the Sungai Besi wet market yesterday showed processed chicken was priced at RM9 per kg.

In response, the Consumers Association of Penang urged authorities to fix a ceiling price for poultry.

Its president Mohideen Abdul Kader noted that the price of chicken had increased from around RM7 per kg to between RM8 and RM8.50 within a week.

“It is a drastic increase and we want to know what has become of the ceiling price of essential items imposed by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, ” he said.

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