This is going to be the beginning of a series of postings related to what are being sold to our children at Sekolah Rendah Agama (Integrasi) Bandar Baru Bangi that I find a little disturbing, in one way or another, at least to me.
I had been putting it off for a while until I saw proof yesterday that this particular item was being sold, in my opinion, waaaay over-priced.
The “Kokis Mazola” peanut butter cookie sold at the canteen of SRAI BBB. Shown here next to a 50sen coin to show its size. The cookie itself is also actually being sold for 50sen each.
This is some of what’s written on the label:
80 keping x 20¢
Guna Sebelum: 4.6.09
Basically it was a peanut butter cookie made using the well-known Mazola® cooking oil recipe.
What was really disturbing to me was the price. Just by looking at the cookie, we could tell that it should not be expensive. At least my wife and I could. But when the saleslady said, “50sen,” I could not believe it. I kept quiet initially, and showed it to my wife. She could not believe it, either. 50sen each!?
Later I told my son not to buy it again, because it was too expensive. We could buy it elsewhere, where we knew it was much cheaper. But my son really liked the cookie.
Today my son wanted to buy it again, and I said no. And I took the trouble to snap a photo of the label pasted on the cookies’ container. Of course, it had Jakim’s Halal Logo on it. But what really disturbed me was the retail price printed on the label: 80 keping x 20¢. That meant that the item was sold at an even cheaper than the 20sen price, wholesale.
So the cookie was recommended to be sold retail at only 20sen a piece. The canteen operator, however, jacked it up to 50sen. 150% increase. No one was looking.
The economy might not be doing so well now, but I thought this was ridiculous. For goodness sake, these were school children, and this was not an elite school. And the food was in no way elitist.
Perhaps, gone were the days where school children got special pricing for their food.
The canteen operator didn’t like the fact that I took a photo of the container. As soon as I walked away, the cookies and its container were taken off the shelf. My son later told us that the cookies were usually placed at the girls’ section of the counter during recess.
I wonder if I were the only one who found this expensive.
Feedbacks were greatly appreciated. I had hoped that parents could give some feedbacks. We needed feedbacks. Some were afraid of commitments, not wanting to rock the boat. I, for now, wouldn’t mind sticking my neck (or my children’s necks 😯 ) out.
There were other items being sold, not only by the canteen operator, that I found unnecessary, or too expensive, or unsuitable. That would be for other postings to follow that would not be as winding as this one, hopefully.