Friday, April 11, 2008


No increase yet in prices of noodles


A recent hike in the price of noodles (mee) by the Flour Millers Association Malaysia will likely affect Sabahans. A random survey by The Borneo Post showed that eateries and retailers here have yet to increase the prices of noodles or dishes. Fatimah Amit, the owner of Restoran Hafizah in Likas, said she read the news yesterday and was shocked to find the increased price of noodles to be quite high in the Peninsular. “Before this, I bought a pack of noodles for RM1 .60, but after the price hike, I guess I would have to buy the noodles for RM2. 30 per pack,” she said. According to her, she has not increased the prices of her dishes but probably will have to reduce the quantity of the food served to customers. “Of course the customers would complain if there is an increase in food prices, but hopefully they will understand that it is because of the price hike done by the supplier, not us,” she said. Fatimah said an increase in the prices of other goods such as eggs and chickens probably will force her to increase the prices of her dishes as well. Meanwhile, a storekeeper at a supermarket here said that there is no increase in the prices of noodles despite the price hike in the Peninsular recently. “However, if the Government announces the price hike of noodles, then we probably have to increase the local prices of noodles too,” he said. Kamarul bin Omar, 27, a customer, hopes that the Government will review the price hike of noodles and other foods as well. “It will definitely burden the customers at restaurants and food outlets especially the unmarried people who usually eat outside,” he said. Another customer, Dayang Noor Ammie bt Awg Damit also agreed that the price hike needs to be reviewed again. “For those who have a high salary, it won’t cause any burden to them, but for those who cannot afford a price hike even just a few cents, it will burden them and their families,” she said. Dayang also expressed her hope that the government will review the price hike of other foods as well.