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"We Have To Protect These Hawkers" — Man Grateful For RM3.95 Chicken Rice In KL

The store also provides tea, water, and sliced watermelon to dine-ins for free.

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A grateful customer recently took to social media to thank a chicken rice hawker in Setapak for still selling his signature dish at RM3.95

In a Setapak community Facebook page, Facebook user Low Jun Meng expressed his appreciation towards the hawker for maintaining a low price despite the country's increasing inflation.

"This chicken rice costs RM3.95. The government should protect and support these kind of hawkers, so that they can continue to survive and not go extinct," he wrote.

The customer also wished for the store owner's good health and long life.

According to Chinese media, the store has been selling chicken rice at the same price since 2018

In an earlier interview with Sin Chew Daily, the owner said that his business philosophy is to always give back to the community.

Knowing that Tunku Abdul Rahman University of Management and Technology is nearby, the shop owner, Wei Shou Tong, told China Press he decided early on that he would keep his prices low and provide adequate meals to the students.

Besides chicken rice, he also sells mixed rice at an affordable price, as well as provides tea, water, and sliced watermelon to dine-ins for free.

While prices are low, Wei said he is still able to make profit from the quick turnover and the large volume of students who support and frequent his stall.

He was also thankful that some students who have graduated continue to patronise his store, and sometimes, take the initiative to pay more for their meals.

Image via China Press

In the comments section of Low's Facebook post, netizens acknowledged the shop owner's generosity and also showered him with praise

"After I finished my run yesterday morning, I went to eat here with my friends, and we also packed their chicken rice home for lunch. It's cheap, tastes good, and is a good portion," said a Facebook user.

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"Many chicken rice stalls selling at RM8 or RM9 say they may have to close down if they don't raise their prices, but this store is able to sell at RM4 and has not gone bankrupt yet," said another impressed netizen.

Image via Facebook

You can find Wei's shop here:
Restoran Siang Hiang (香香小馆)
G33A, PV 128 Commercial Centre,
Jalan Genting Kelang, Taman Danau Kota, 53100 Kuala Lumpur.

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