There is even better news for nasi kandar lovers — you can get savings of up to 20 sen per plate.
The reductions come courtesy of the Malaysian Indian Restaurant Owners Association (Primas) and the Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association (Presma) who have pledged to meet the needs of a population weighed down by higher prices all around.
The 4,500 members of both associations have been encouraged to reduce the price of roti canai and teh tarik by up to 10 sen each and nasi kandar by up to 20 sen per plate.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad thanked the associations for the gesture “although it (the price reduction) seems little”.
“Although it is only 10 sen (for roti canai and teh tarik), we are very grateful for the reduction as it will help consumers have extra change in their pockets,” he told a press conference after launching the price reduction campaign at Syed Bistro restaurant in Lucky Garden yesterday.
Teh tarik costs between 70 sen and RM1.50 here depending on locality while roti canai costs between 70 sen and RM1.20 each.
Nasi kandar (with a piece of chicken) costs between RM4.50 and RM5.50 with plain rice going at RM1.50 a plate. The price cuts come in the wake of moves by hypermarkets to reduce prices of several essential items.
The price cut campaign saw participating hypermarkets slashing prices of more than 1,000 essential items by up to 50 per cent. The campaign will last up to two to four months, depending on the hypermarkets.
Shahrir said some 200 restaurants under these two associations will reduce prices immediately while others will follow suit in time.
“We cannot force them to reduce the prices but we have advised them to join the campaign.
“What consumers can do now is support restaurants that are participating in the campaign,” he added.
Presma president Jamarulkhan Kadir said reducing the price of the three items would not lead to losses for the restaurants but would reduce their profit margin.
“In due time, we plan to expand the list to include items like roti telur, ” he added.
Source : NST Online