Nasi kandar seller offers RM1 options for the needy

Bargain plates: Sheikh Faizal holding up a plate with RM1 dishes at his restaurant in Sungai Petani. — MUSTAFA AHMAD/The Star

SUNGAI PETANI: A nasi kandar trader here is selling certain dishes for just RM1 as his way of helping the underprivileged and the needy around him.

He has been doing it out of his modest stall in Taman Petani Jaya since reopening in early May.

Sheikh Faizal Mohd Ismail, 43, said he and his wife saw many people in their community struggling to make ends meet during the movement control order (MCO).

“We wanted to be charitable while making only a small profit to survive, ” he said at his stall.

Sheikh Faizal said not all his dishes were sold at RM1 per serving but they try to provide more varieties at that price.

He said they included fried fish, chicken and beef at RM1 per serving on top of several vegetable and egg dishes.

A check showed the shop was packed with customers during lunch on Friday.

First-time customer Darus Ayob, 75, said he heard about the place from his friends and decided to check it out.

“The curry here is tasty. I am speechless, ” he said.

Housewife Rozaida Rosli, 44, said she was pleasantly surprised with the price.

“This is my first time here after hearing from friends and Facebook about this place. For a wholesome plate of delicacies, I only have to pay RM5, ” she said.

Her 62-year-old mother Rahmah Ahmad described the nasi kandar as “extremely cheap and delicious”.

“My daughter asked me to come with her and I think this stall is a must-visit for anyone who comes to Sungai Petani, ” she said.

Sheikh Faizal’s wife Intan Suhainiza Zakaria, 42, said she and her husband used to sell nasi kandar in Transfer Road, Penang, before starting the stall in Sungai Petani last December.

She said her husband was the cook, using old family recipes.

“Mostly, he will do the cooking and manage the business. I am responsible for the paperwork and marketing strategies, ” she said.

She said they would continue to sell the RM1 dishes as they wanted to help the poor and needy.

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