Don't raise food prices, restaurants urges

A worker from India tossing roti canai in Malaysia.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

RESTAURANT operators, especially roti canai sellers, have been urged not to increase their food prices despite the removal of government subsidy for the 25kg bags of wheat flour.

Guang Ming Daily quoted the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin as saying that even without the subsidy, prices should only increase by two sen for each piece of roti canai.

Hamzah also urged the public to report any unreasonable price increase in roti canai to the autho­rities if encountered.

"We will take action against them," he said.

He said there had been no such complaints regarding price increa­ses so far but the ministry would monitor the situation closely.

The ministry had announced that the subsidy for the 25kg bags of wheat flour would be removed from March 1.

The price for 1kg bags remained unchanged at RM1.35 (S$0.50).