TANAH MERAH: It was a costly lunch for a man identified as Azmi, who forked out RM23 for a plate of rice with fried mackerel and long beans and a glass of hot tea at a shop here yesterday.
He said it was almost five times the normal RM5 price for such a simple meal.
â€œI was shocked and asked the trader the reason for the costly lunch,â€ said Azmi.
â€œHe said that it was because of problems getting the raw material.
â€œI understand and can accept the reason, but please maintain a reasonable price,â€ he said.
A check in the area found only a few food shops open for business following the recent floods which inundated the town.
The Tanah Merah market is now open for operations and is crowded with housewives getting their supply of fresh food.
Housewife Rahaya Samsudin, 47, said there were not many things yet in the market, however, and the prices of most of the items were slightly high.
She said the price of chicken was almost RM8 per kilo.
â€œWith the high price of goods, it is a burden for us as we also need to spend money on cleaning the house and buying other necessities,â€ she added.
Some people have been taking advantage and making fat profits by selling petrol and diesel in bottles, as the recent floods had caused many vehicles to be stranded due to a shortage of fuel.
They conduct their business along the roadside between Pasir Mas and Tanah Merah.
A trader, who declined to be named, said the price for a 1.5-litre bottle of petrol was RM15, although the current price for RON95 is RM1.91 per litre while RON97 is RM2.11 per litre. â€” Bernama