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Mixed views on 10pm closure for hypermarts
By JADE CHAN and TAN KARR WEI
THE local councils have been told to ensure hypermarkets do not operate beyond 10pm but this directive is not going down well with some of the affected parties.
It was reported yesterday in an English daily that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had sent out letters to local councils to do this.
While certain organisations are supportive of the call, others said it would pose problems and inconvenience for consumers.
“All Giant stores operate from 10am to 10pm daily as stipulated by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
“We comply strictly to the business hours imposed by the ministry,” said a spokesman from GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd, a unit of the Dairy Farm Group which operates Giant hypermarkets.
A representative from Carrefour Malaysia declined to comment on the issue while a spokesman from Tesco Malaysia could not be contacted at press time.
“We agree with the regulation because it will help sundry shops survive,” said Fomca chief executive officer Mohd Yusof Abdul Rahman.
Kota Damansara resident Kamariah Sharifuddin, 29, said she preferred to shop at night because she finish work after 8pm on most days.
“Having the hypermarkets open after 10pm is convenient for working people.
“It is also easier to get a parking space at night,” she said.