Hameediyah Restaurant In Penang Investigated After Customer Charged RM100 For Sotong Goreng

Hameediyah Restaurant in downtown Georgetown, Penang. (source: Bernama)

Famed Penang mamak institution Hameediyah Restaurant is currently being investigated by the authorities after a receipt from one of their customers went viral earlier this week.

The receipt, uploaded onto Facebook, had shown the total bill as RM106.60, and that the customer was charged RM100 for two fresh sotong goreng.

According to NST, the restaurant has been served a Goods Information Verification Notice by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), which the proprietors have until 26 November to reply.

“If the operator fails to respond, action can be taken under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2021,” said the ministry’s director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar.

It was also reported that several KPDNHEP officers visited Hameediyah Restaurant Wednesday to record testimonies.

Source: KPDNHEP Penang/Malay Mail

Meanwhile, the restaurant has since uploaded an alleged apology from the customer in question.

Uploaded onto the Hameediyah Restaurant official Facebook page, the customer says that she had known the price of the sotong goreng to be RM50 a piece, and that she uploaded the picture of the receipt in jest.

Source: HAMEEDIYAH RESTAURANT (Facebook)

“I saw the owner key in the price, and I didn’t protest as I had ordered it from the same place before, and the price was the same. I only uploaded (the receipt) to my Instagram Story, without a caption saying that it was expensive or anything like that,” the posting read.

The customer then goes on to say that the price is fair for the size of the dish, and that she had no intention of making the whole issue viral.