KUALA LUMPUR: A hair salon owner, who went viral on social media for charging a foreign tourist RM120 for a haircut, was fined RM5,000 after she pleaded guilty to not displaying a price list.
Sessions Court judge Norina Zainol Abidin imposed the fine on Nurul Jannah Abdullah, 52, ordering her to serve six months in prison if she fails to pay the fine.
The accused was charged under Order 3(1) of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Price Marking for Goods and Charges for Services) Order 2020, which is punishable by a fine of up to RM50,000.
She admitted to committing the offence of failing to display the price list for hair styling services offered in her salon at Jalan Bukit Bintang here at 12.26pm on April 11.Deputy public prosecutor Nurul Ain Shafie from the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry requested a deterrent sentence to serve as a lesson to others.
“The customer was a foreign tourist who questioned the price as it was too expensive and unreasonable, in addition to thinking the government does not control the prices for goods and services.
“The incident also affected the country’s tourism sector. It even went viral on social media,” she said.
In mitigation, Nurul Jannah, who was unrepresented, pleaded for a lesser sentence, saying that she has stage one cancer and needed money to support her family. — Bernama