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
BELOW: From the same visit to the Kelana Jaya LRT store on 2 Sept 2016
BELOW: Scenes from the supermarket in early Novermber 2016