Still on top with low prices


DESPITE the increase in the prices of food ingredients, a stall owner in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, still manages to sell a packet of four assorted kuih for RM1, reported Harian Metro.

The RM1 packet includes cekodok, curry puffs, sardine puffs, and cucur badak.

The stall also sells fried bee hoon and kuey teow at RM1 per packet.

Azizah Salleh, 62, who has operated the stall for 22 years, said the RM1 price has been there for some time, but she only gradually reduced the quantities of kuih in the packets about three years ago.

She said she used to sell eight kuih for RM1.

“But, four pieces of kuih at RM1 is still considered quite cheap, and that is why many customers, particularly those with many kids, always come and buy from me in the mornings,” she said, adding that the response from buyers was very encouraging.

Azizah, however, said her profit margins are small, given the low price she sells her food at.

“I still managed to raise six children,” she quipped.

> An Indonesian man was sentenced to 32 months in prison, given three lashes of the cane, and fined RM8,000 for tricking an elderly woman into buying a red ruby stone that he claimed was of high value and was able to cure various diseases.

According to Berita Harian, the man, Salim, 44, tricked the 68-year-old woman into handing over RM12,500 to buy the red ruby stone in Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan.

The incident took place on Dec 9 last year, at a public car park in Jelebu.

In mitigation, the accused asked Kuala Pilah court magistrate Saiful Sayoti to reduce his sentence, saying that he has to support his family and three of his children.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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