ONE would be forgiven for thinking that Malaysians are a group of poor souls forced at gunpoint into buying outrageously-priced teh tarik and iced Milo by pirate-like traders after reading so many complaints in the newspapers about them.
That is not the case, however. We Malaysians are actually well known to be able to find the cheapest pack of Milo in the supermarkets or hypermarkets in our area. So why can’t we find the cheapest teh tarik or iced Milo in our area too?
Penalising errant shops is applauded. But should we just wait passively for action against unscrupulous traders?
The suggestion to list the fair-priced and the exorbitantly-priced shops or stalls in the newspapers is wonderful. We can then choose the cheapest stall to visit and avoid the expensive ones like the plague.
But then again, why wait for that to happen? We can always walk out of a coffee shop and tell the trader in his face that his prices are expensive and we are not going to visit the place anymore.
Better still, we can stay at home and make ourselves a nice cup of iced Milo using the cheapest Milo pack and condensed milk bought from the supermarkets.