Normally, if you order a plate of plain white rice with a few side dishes like fried mackerel, long beans and probably a glass of hot tea to go with your food, it will cost you around RM5 more or less.

However, the cost of mix rice is now RM23 per plate in Tanah Merah! Surprised? So, are we.

It has been reported that due to the recent flood, the price of food has gone up ridiculously at Tanah Merah, Kelantan, skyrocketing five times more than the usual price, Bernama reports.

“I was shocked at the price they charged me. When I asked the shop owner he apologised and said that the price is expensive due to the difficulties of getting the raw material. He said that he had to go all the way to Kota Baharu which is 70km from here to get them,” said a writer from Bernama who went to Tanah Merah to cover the flood.

Aside from that, it is also reported that only a few food stalls in Tanah Merah are open for business.

A local food vendor has claimed that the price for a bottle of 1.5 litre petrol now cost RM15.

Kelantan is not the only place in Malaysia that has overpriced food and material. Even Petaling Jaya is affected with prices of vegetables in the market increasing up to three-fold:-

  1. Locally grown chillies (cili kampung) in Chow Kit – (previously) RM10/kg, (now) RM30/kg 
  2. Water spinach (kangkung) in Chow Kit – (previously) RM2/kg, (now) RM4.50/kg 
  3. Water spinach (kangkung) in Taman Tun Dr Ismail – (previously) RM2/kg, (now) RM7 or RM8/kg
  4. Ladies fingers (bendi) in Chow Kit – (previously) RM3.50/kg, (now) RM8/kg
  5. Long beans (kacang panjang) in Chow Kit – (previously)RM3/kg, (now) RM6/ kg
  6. Spring onions (daun bawang) in Taman Tun Dr Ismail – (previously) RM6/kg, (now) RM12/kg 
  7. Brinjals (terung) in Taman Tun Dr Ismail – (previously) RM7/kg, (now) RM10/kg.

Note: Prices info taken from The Malay Mail Online.

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