Friday, April 19, 2024
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Extra charge for plastic bag?

I ordered takeaways from a restaurant in Kiulap recently when to my surprise, I was charged 20 cents for each plastic bag given.

I thought the incident was a one-off, chalking it up to a new policy of that specific restaurant to recover from the losses incurred during the pandemic.

I was wrong.

A few days ago, I was at the Jerudong Wet Market, and a vendor also charged me 20 cents per plastic bag. He explained that he didn’t have a choice because of the price increase in plastic bags in the country.

At this rate, it’s just a matter of time before all businesses – big or small – start following in the footsteps of those who have been charging people for a while.

A trip to Gadong Night Market would no longer work for the budget-conscious, as every cucur pisang or kueh could be 20 cents more expensive because of the plastic bags they come in.

Puzzled Consumer