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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (MAY 27, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CUSTOMERS WALKING THROUGH RAMADAN BAZAAR SIGN READING (English): "TEPUNG PELITA (PAYA JARAS) 5 PCS RM3.50" VARIOUS OF TRADERS PACKING TEPUNG PELITA, A TRADITIONAL MALAY CAKE, AT BAZAAR STALL (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) MALAY CAKE SELLER, SHARIFAH AMERIAH, SAYING: "The difference between this year and last year is that we had to raise our prices by 50 sen. Last year, we sold five pieces for 3 ringgit, but we had to increase it by 50 sen because our suppliers also raised their costs. So they're the ones who control our prices, we're not raising it for fun." CUSTOMERS QUEUING AT STALL STALL MENU AND PRICE LIST STALL WORKERS PREPARING MURTABAK, A TYPE OF STUFFED PANCAKE HANDS FLIPPING MURTABAK ON GRILL CUSTOMERS WAITING AT KING MURTABAK STALL F10. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) STALL MANAGER, RAJA ZAKARIA RAJA HAMID, SAYING: "We haven't raised our prices for the past couple of years because we felt after 27 years, we have a few branches now, so we can afford to keep our prices low. We have the volume, so we're able to maintain the standards of our product." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE QUEUING (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) CUSTOMER, SYED MUHAMMAD AWAL-NUR, SAYING: "Traders had to raise their prices as well, as even the raw materials are expensive, so what can we do? So, we as customers, need to learn to choose wisely." CUSTOMERS AT A STALL BUYING FOOD VARIOUS OF TRADITIONAL MALAY CAKES AND PASTRIES AT RAMADAN BAZAAR PEOPLE WALKING PAST RAMADAN BAZAAR STALLS
Dateline: 2017

Rising Costs Dampen Ramadan Cheer In Malaysia

Item ID: 110576702

By: Reuters

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