PETALING JAYA, May 17 — Celebrations to mark the end of Barisan National’s (BN) 61-year ruling streak comes in all forms.
In Chuan Lee Restaurant, located here in Section 11, Hakka mee and wantan mee stall Sam Kee is slashing prices down to a flat rate of RM6 for all noodles ordered, regardless of portion size.
“BN down price down, all size in one price. RM6 offer until GST down,” reads a sign.
Stall operator and Petaling Jaya native Lim told Malay Mail the offer started on Monday and will last for 100 days. He decided to run the promotion after Pakatan Harapan (PH) toppled BN and announced the abolition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Lim, who opened the stall six years ago, did not raise the price of his noodles when the GST was implemented in 2015 but two years ago he started feeling the pinch and had no choice but to increase the price of his noodles from RM6 to RM7 for a small bowl.
Medium and large sizes were increased to RM7.50 and RM8 respectively.
“I could not sustain the expensive cost of vegetables and meat anymore, so I had to raise the price,” said Lim.
Offering wantan mee with char siew or shredded chicken, and Hakka mee with minced pork or fried wantan, Lim’s day starts at 7.30am and ends at 2pm.
He sells around 100 bowls of noodles every day.
“Once the GST is cancelled, my noodles price will be RM1 less,” said Lim.
The 40-year-old previously worked in advertising and learned how to make wantan mee and Hakka mee from his mum, who ran a stall when he was a young boy.
Customers who popped by the coffee shop for lunch this afternoon found the sign to be amusing.
Charlie Wong, 32 who works nearby, said he usually orders lunch from other stalls but after seeing Sam Kee’s intriguing sign, he decided to give the noodles a go.
“The sign definitely attracts customers, including me... that’s why my colleagues and I are having it for lunch today,” said Wong.
“The sign reflects the nation’s excitement I suppose, finally something is working out for us,” said Adam Chow, 37 while waiting for his wantan mee to arrive.
Wong and his colleagues say they have yet to come across a similar sign in other eateries but are happy with the prospect of more affordable goods.
“The next price drop I’d like to see is groceries because things in the supermarkets are just becoming too expensive,” said Eng Hoe, 27.