What’s the average price for a glass of cold, iced Milo these days? RM3.00? Well, this restaurant − in Sabah − sold the chocolaty drink at RM3.20 two years ago and a complaint had caused the business owner into paying a hefty RM30,000 fine.
According to an NST report dated on September 7, Anak Mami The Restaurant 3 located at Kota Kinabalu received a complaint in on March 7, 2016, for selling Iced Milo at RM3.20, the ministry’s state deputy director V. Ravichandran revealed. Sin Chew daily described the restaurant as a “mamak.”
The 28-year-old owner, Shihan Mohd Salim, failed to justify the price as he couldn’t present the full details and receipts for the ingredient of the beverage as required under the law. He was charged under Section 21(5) of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Shihan failed to provide the receipts between January 2015 and March 2016 as required by the Section 21(2) of the act. Subsequently, he also failed to show invoices for the chocolate and malt powder, milk and ice during the same period of seven working days starting May 9, 2016.
A charge was filed by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs ministry following the complaint and it was represented by prosecuting officers Geoffery Gumalang and Azmil Aspara. The court proceedings started back in October 2016 and Shihan was represented by PJ Pereira.
After two years of trial, it ended on Friday with the Sessions Court fining Shihan RM30,000 or six months of jail in default.
Speaking at a press conference, Ravichandran said the ministry hoped businessmen would take the case as a lesson to not profiteer from marking up their food prices unreasonably.
He added, “I also would like to advise consumers to report to our ministry if there are similar cases in the future.”
What do you think of this? Do you think RM3.20 for a glass of Iced Milo is outraging two years ago considering the fact that the restaurant wasn’t located somewhere in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and it’s reportedly a mamak place?
Let us know in the comments below.