It is the time for the government to control the greed of all the supermarket operators in Malaysia

Dear Minister and Malaysian Government.
Please kindly control the ever increasing GREED of owners of Shopping Malls.

You could see that KLCC was charging the British India nearly RM 150,000.00 per month and now demanding RM 330,000.00 (not exact figures, just from the rough amount I recalled)

The KLCC management is even refusing to renew the tenancy and now only because of the refusal and court case they are offering the second floor.

Please kindly note that all these charges would ultimately pass on to consumers and cause escalating INFLATION.

This ever increasing charges are practiced by ALL the supermarket operators. It is the time for the government to control their greed.

Ministry: Be proud of our very own BritishIndia

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians should be proud of local fashion firm BritishIndia as it is one of the few home-grown brands that have succeeded internationally.

As such, International Trade and Industry Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Rebecca Fatima Sta Maria, has urged Malaysians to continue supporting the brand alongside other local success stories.

“We don’t really have that many Malaysian brands that stand out in the international market, so when we do, we must keep promoting them,” she said.

Sta Maria said BritishIndia had grown over the years without much Government help to become what it had become today.

“This is the value of BritishIndia along with other local brands, such as Royal Selangor,” she said when contacted.

The fashion company, set up in 1994 and which now has more than 40 outlets across Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, is currently in a dispute with Suria KLCC where one of its outlets is located.

BritishIndia said that it was informed on May 28 last year that the mall did not intend to renew its tenancy.

It claimed that the mall ordered BritishIndia to unconditionally accept the terms of offer to relocate to another space in the mall.

The clothing firm went to court to seek an injunction against Suria KLCC’s attempt to board up the former’s premises if it did not move out.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the two parties reached an informal agreement to “maintain the status quo”, meaning that BritishIndia will maintain its space in Suria KLCC pending further discussions with the mall operator.

Sta Maria said that part of the ministry’s job was to support Malaysian brands overseas, and as such “one would think that it is a given that we would also want to promote the brand within our country”.


One Response to “It is the time for the government to control the greed of all the supermarket operators in Malaysia”

  1. drkokogyi Says:

    BritishIndia to stay put
    by qishin tariq
    KUALA LUMPUR: Local fashion brand BritishIndia will maintain its space in Suria KLCC pending a suit against the mall operator over plans to relocate its flagship store.

    Lawyer for BritishIndia N. Sivaraj told reporters the two parties had reached an informal agreement to “maintain the status quo” until further discussions.

    The High Court here was originally fixed to hear BritishIndia’s application for an injunction against Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd’s attempt to board up BritishIndia’s premises if the company did not move out.

    During the hearing in chambers, Sivaraj said the application was postponed to March 5 as Suria KLCC’s lawyer T. Kuhendran had proposed new terms to the injunction.

    Justice Nor Bee Ariffin fixed June 29 and 30 for the main suit.

    BritishIndia, through its company BTC Clotheir Sdn Bhd, filed a suit on July 7, 2014, against Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd to keep its prime spot on the first floor of the shopping mall.

    In its statement of claim, BritishIndia said the mall management had on May 28, 2014, informed that it did not intent to renew tenancy.

    The management subsequently sent a letter of termination dated July 4, 2014.

    BritishIndia claims Suria KLCC ordered that BritishIndia unconditionally accept the terms of offer to relocate to the second floor or have its premises boarded up.

    The clothing company was one of the original tenants, renting the premises for 16 years.

    Its rent was RM151,679 a month as of 2014.

    BritishIndia sought a declaration that a tenancy subsists between the company and KLCC and that KLCC had unlawfully terminated the tenancy agreement.

    It also sought an order that KLCC and its employees cease and desist from interfering with its business, and be refrained from boarding up or blocking the premises, plus general damages and costs.

    In its counter claim, KLCC stated that their most recent tenancy agreement, which expired June 30 last year, gave BritishIndia no option to renew.

    It said that although BritishIndia had requested for renewal, KLCC denies ever discussing an option to renew and had even given offer letters to other companies to rent the space.

    Suria KLCC claimed that it had no desire to keep BritishIndia as a tenant, and that the offer to relocate to the second floor was merely to give it an opportunity to continue doing business.

    It contended that since the tenancy had expired there was nothing unlawful about boarding up the space and it was BritishIndia that had failed to yield vacant possession of the premises.

    Suria KLCC sought an order for the clothing company to vacate premises, and an amount of RM336,145.04 per month be calculated until vacant possession is delivered.

    Meanwhile, the Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Ministry said it had met the two parties and, after thorough deliberations, concluded that this was an issue between a landlord and a tenant.

    “Both are important businesses and both carry the Malaysian brand. Hence, it is my wish that they find a win-win solution to the dispute in the most harmonious manner,” said minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek.

    “I am confident that they will find common ground to solve the issue in the Malaysian spirit of harmony.”

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