Eat­ing out may cost more

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Eat­ing out may be­come costlier as hawk­ers are mulling in­creas­ing prices fol­low­ing the sub­sidy ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion for cook­ing oil from Tues­day.

Char koay teow seller Lee Seng Seng, 65, told theSun he was caught in a bind as peo­ple may be turned off if he in­creases his prices.

He also noted that peo­ple were tight­en­ing their belts in this un­cer­tain eco­nomic pe­riod.

He may, how­ever, have to in­crease prices by at least 10 sen to cover costs, in­clud­ing higher rentals, util­i­ties and salary for his assistant.

“This is a bit­ter pill to swal­low,” he said when met at the food court in Lorong Swa­tow here re­cently.

Chee cheong fun seller Ah Beng, 56, is also un­happy with the sit­u­a­tion.

He said if the sit­u­a­tion be­comes un­bear­able, he would ncrease his prices by 10 sen.

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