A restaurateur was fined RM30,000 or six months’ jail by the Sessions Court here for selling iced milo at an unreasonable price.
Shihan Mohd Salim, 28, who owns Anak Mami The Restaurant 3 here, was charged under Section 21(5) Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for failure to provide full details and receipts between Jan 2015 and March 2016 for beverages as required under Section 21(2) of the Act.
He also failed to show invoices for the chocolate and malt powder, milk and ice besides price tag for the drink during the same period of seven working days starting May 9, 2016.
Shihan was represented by PJ Pereira during the court proceedings which began on Oct 24, 2016.
Prosecuting officers Geoffery Gumalang and Azmil Aspara represented Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs ministry.
Meanwhile, during a press conference, the ministry’s state deputy directorV. Ravichandran said the businessman had sold the beverage at RM3.20 and the consumer lodged a complaint on the excessive price on March 7, 2016.
He said the ministry hoped businessmen would take the case as a lesson not to profiteer from marking up their food prices unreasonably.
“I also would like to advise consumers to report to our ministry if there are similar cases in future,” he said.
Shihan, who was first charged on 24 October 2016, was represented by lawyer PJ Pereira. Meanwhile, the case’s prosecution was taken care of by Geoffery Gumalang and Azmil Aspara from the Prosecutor’s Office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP, Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna).
According to the deputy director of KPDNHEP Sabah, Shihan sold a glass of iced milo for RM3.20 in his shop and customers found the price to be very outrageous. So, a complaint about this was made by one of his customers on 7 March 2016.
The deputy director hopes that shop owners will take this as a lesson and not price their food and drinks unreasonably. He also advised customers who face similar problems with food and drink prices to report the situation to KPDNHEP.