Price Up RM1, Cost Up RM4000
SHAH ALAM: The Sessions Court today ordered a mamak restaurant to pay a fine of RM4,000 for its failure to provide sales receipt to explain the RM1 price hike of its nasi lemak.
Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid ordered T. Gopinath, the owner of Silva's Curry House in Subang Jaya, to pay the fine in default of 14 days in jail.
This came after Gopinath pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 53A of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, for failing to provide sales receipt to explain the price hike of nasi lemak, from RM2.50 in January to RM3.50 in June last year.
The offence is punishable under Section 57(b) of the same Act, which carries a maximum two years' jail or fine up to RM500,000, or both, if convicted.
The matter came to light after the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry lodged a report against the mamak restaurant.
The authorities are coming down hard on entrepreneurs and business operators who have violated Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
In January this year, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry sought explanation from a chicken rice chain for charging RM5.90 and RM6.70 for their iced-malt beverages.
Restaurant operators who are thinking of increasing food and beverages prices in their outlets should have a plausible excuse to do so. Otherwise, trouble is coming your way.
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