Seafood restaurants urged to maintain reasonable prices
Liew (seventh left) and Loh (fourth right) cut the ribbon to mark the opening of Ocean City Seafood Restaurant as from fifth left, Soh, Foo, Ngan, Yong and others look on.
KOTA KINABALU: Seafood restaurants should maintain reasonable pricing and refrain from hiking prices when business is good, said Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) Sabah branch president Datuk Frankie Liew.
“Don’t jack up the prices when business is good because doing so will affect tourists’ impression, particularly when Sabah is expected to have increasing tourist arrivals this year.”
He also advised restaurants against cheating customers by serving seafood weighing less than what the latter was paying, or swapping live seafood that customers ordered with frozen seafood.
“I hope restaurants will adopt ethical business practices.
“We should all do our part to attract more tourists to East Malaysia,” Liew said after officiating at the opening of Ocean City Seafood Restaurant at Star City here yesterday.
Additionally, Liew hoped that seafood suppliers would ensure ample supply for local restaurants and eateries so that tourists could enjoy fresh seafood in Sabah.
He said Sabah was famous for its seafood which was popular among foreign tourists.
“To my understanding, seafood in the market is mostly supplied by locals.”
As such, Liew hoped suppliers would do their best to supply to restaurants and eateries in the state or else tourists could not eat fresh local seafood.
He added that Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin had banned the export of fresh seafood from Sabah to make sure locals too could enjoy fresh seafood.
On another note, Liew said there should be more seafood restaurants in Kota Kinabalu as the availability of fresh seafood is one of the main attractions of Sabah.
Having more seafood restaurants will offer more choices for tourists, he said.
He also hoped the government could adopt an open policy for tourist visas to attract more arrivals to Sabah.
Also present at the event were The Sabah Maritime Silk Route Research Society president Prof Dato’ Dr Wilson Yong, MCCC Sabah branch vice president Foo Ngee Kee, secretary Michael Chin Wee Yee, treasurer Soh Poh Soon, vice public relations officer Ngan Yoke Loo and Ocean City Seafood Restaurant director Jack Loh.