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Charged 20 sen by mamak shop for one-piece chicken plastic bag

Yup. The mamak shop worker had asked me if I wanted a plastic bag for my purchase of one piece fried chicken. Of course lah. Takkan saya nak bawa balik seketul ayam itu dalam tapak tangan.

I was charged RM4.20 for that little chicken in the small plastic bag. They’re passing on the costs to consumers.

It was actually an impulse buy. I’d quickly dropped in at the outlet as an afterthought in passing by. In future if I want to tapau food, I might consider bringing along a Tupperware or tiffin carrier.

I know another mamak place that’s added on 50 sen for the transparent plastic box in which you take away your meal — this is ever since styrofoam boxes were banned beginning Jan 1 this year.

Some people might say “hanya dua kupang pe”. But it all does add up as you spend in the day. You just don’t know which trader/retailer will be applying the charge on what kind of product or service.

Multiply the plus +20 sen cost here and plus +50 sen there across the span of a month (x 30 days) and it will make a small dent on the spending of our population segment whose main expenditure is on groceries.

Moreover we now have to buy brand new plastic bags to throw away our rubbish in instead of recycling the ones we used to get free from the supermarket.

Bet you can still remember how the introduction of GST sent prices everywhere spiraling even though the government assured us that they have things under control.

BELOW: Najib scowling at a packet of cooking oil in the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia

Photo published two days ago in Najib's Facebook

Photo published two days ago in Najib’s Facebook

BELOW: From the same visit to the Kelana Jaya LRT store on 2 Sept 2016

From the same visit to the Kelana Jaya LRT store, Najib was not visibly upset at the cooking oil packet on 2 Sept 2016

Najib was not visibly upset at the poor cooking oil packet back then

BELOW: Scenes from the supermarket in early Novermber 2016



January 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Chariot race and the Daptizing of Penang

In Ben Hur the movie, the battle of the chariots is a race to kill.

In Betelham (sister city to Jerusubang), it’s a matter of the DAP state government racing its RM3 million prosperity chariot against the 120-year old Lord Muruga chariot that has traditionally made its way from Little India to the waterfall Hindu temple on Thaipusam.

Yup, the ultrakiasu DAP state is pitting its 1.6-tonne, golden chariot against the old silver one of the Nagarattaar Chettiyaars that has faithfully trundled along over the last century to mark the festival in Penang. (more…)

January 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

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