Authorities issue notice to Penang’s Hameediyah Restaurant over RM100 fried squid complaint

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Officers from  Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry talking to Hameediyah restaurant director Muhammad Riyazz Syed Ibrahim earlier today. — Picture courtesy of Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry
Officers from Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry talking to Hameediyah restaurant director Muhammad Riyazz Syed Ibrahim earlier today. — Picture courtesy of Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 24 — The owner of Hameediyah Restaurant in Campbell Street here has been issued a Goods Information Verification Notice (NPMB) over a social media post claiming the nasi kandar restaurant charged RM100 for two fried squid.

The Penang branch of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) issued the notice and its director, Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar, said the restaurant owner has two working days to respond.

The size of the fried squid costing RM100 for two pieces. — Picture courtesy of Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry
The size of the fried squid costing RM100 for two pieces. — Picture courtesy of Penang Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry

He said the owner must explain the cost and selling price of the fried squid dish, and failure to do so would result in action under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2021.

“We view the issue of price increase and possible elements of profiteering by traders seriously,” he said in a statement issued today.

He said consumers should lodge official complaints with the KPDNHEP if they discover unreasonable increases in the prices of products or services.

Several KPDNHEP officers also visited the restaurant to record the owner’s statement on the issue.

The notice was issued in response to a social media post that showed an itemised receipt that appeared to be from Hameediyah Restaurant, which listed two fried squid as RM100, along with the photograph of a squid.

A Facebook post cautioning the public of Nasi Kandar Hameediyah’s overpriced calamari rings went viral recently. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin
A Facebook post cautioning the public of Nasi Kandar Hameediyah’s overpriced calamari rings went viral recently. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin

The post drew outrage from commentators who criticised the restaurant over the alleged price of the squid dish.

Another restaurant director, Muhammad Riyazz Syed Ibrahim, reportedly said the cost of the raw ingredients had increased and that the squids the customer ordered were large ones that were more expensive.

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