KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 2012 (Bernama) -- The introduction of the 1Malaysia People's Menu (MR1M) at various restaurants is not only helping to lighten food expenditure of the people but also generating job opportunities for the poor.
Most of the customers of MRIM, which offer breakfast at RM2 and lunch at RM4, say the programme has been a big help since it was introduced by the government on July 7 2011 to relieve the people of high daily expenses.
Not only this, the operators of MRIM are also generating job opportunities for the poor.
The president of Koperasi Ukhwah, Datuk Rahim Baba, when met by Bernama said the poor working with restaurant offering MRIM were assured a steady income besides being trained as entrepreneurs for the future.
A homeless youth known only as Wan, 23, told Bernama, he was very grateful to be able find a job as a waiter with a MR1M restaurant and was now able to send money to his family in the kampung
Operating from 7am to 11pm every day except Sunday, the stream of customers coming to MR1M restaurants on a working day can reach 4,000 a day. Tables, plates, cups and glasses need to be washed quickly by workers to meet the flow of patrons.
Restaurant workers who are locals can be seen working non-stop to get the tables ready for the streams of waiting customers.
"Even though we can only accommodate 160 people at one-time, we have an incessant flow of customers and breakfast comes in three sets, comprising roti canai and teh tarik or toasted bread and teh tarik or nasi lemak with teh tarik or coffee," said Rahim.
Rahim's Restaurant Ukhwah, which is located at Jalan Medan Tuanku near here, offers three main menus for its MRIM lunch at RM4 comprising rice and 'ayam masak merah'or kurma, papadom and dalca or chicken rice or curry noodle set with cordial drink.
Rahim said the restaurant offered 200 servings of each set daily and the response was very encouraging.
"The people's menu was actually started in 2009 and now it is in response to the government's call for MRIM," he said.
Meanwhile, denying allegations that the RM4 could only be obtained when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his deputy, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's visited the restaurant, Rahim said the accusation was completely baseless.
"Our prices have always been like that...no change. Whether the Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister comes, the prices are the same. The detractors can come and try for themselves," he said.
Restaurant Ukhwah is one of the 1,254 restaurants nationwide participating in MR1M including 42 in Kuala Lumpur. Nevertheless, each restaurant provides its own menu, which is different from one another.