RM1,200 roadside meal: Ministry investigating restaurant for alleged profiteering


JOHOR BARU: The Johor Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry is looking into a claim that a roadside restaurant in Tepian Tebrau charged one of their customers a staggering RM1,200 for a meal.

Its director Lilis Saslinda Pornomo said that the restaurant owner could be given a compound notice if they did not display prices for its food.

"It is also a violation if the price displayed differs from the price charged.

"If prices are too expensive – even if the prices are displayed – then we will issue a notice under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011," she said when contacted.

Lilis added that Section 21 provides for an investigation into how the restaurant calculated the price and if there was an attempt at profiteering.

Individuals found guilty under the Act can be charged in court with fines up to RM100,000, a maximum three-year jail term, or both, for the first offence.

For repeated offenders, fines can go up to RM250,000, a maximum five-year jail term, or both.

Meanwhile, Johor Baru mayor Datuk Noorazam Osman said that the city council could take action against the restaurant owners based on the suggestion from the Johor Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry.

"We can revoke their operating licence if the ministry orders it," he said.

Earlier, a video was posted on Facebook by a user named Ekin Cahaya, showing a receipt for RM1,260 after eating at the restaurant.

At the time of writing, the video has gained more than 62,000 views.

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