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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:03 AM   #121
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Mydin to boycott Dutch products
Published: 2008/04/01


MYDIN’S chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets has decided to boycott Dutch products in response to the anti-Islam film “Fitna” produced by Dutch legislator Geert Wilders.

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Maidin said the film that was shown on-line had insulted Islam and Muslims all over the world.

“In support of Umno Youth, the Muslim Consumers Association Malaysia and other non-governmental organisations, we call on consumers, Muslims and non-Muslims, to collectively boycott Dutch products,” he said at a promotion drive for products of small- and medium-scale industries at Mydin Mall USJ, near Kuala Lumpur.

Officiating at the event was Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad, who is also an Umno Supreme Council member.






Ameer Ali said for a start, Mydin stores would stick red labels on racks displaying Dutch products to inform consumers of their origin. “Nobody has the right to condemn other religions,” he said.

Shahrir said the boycott would not hurt bilateral relations between Malaysia and the Netherlands, adding that the government would not stop businesses or consumers from taking such action as it was within their right.

He had before this described the action of Wilders as “political narrowness" and extreme.

The film placed on the Internet shows contempt towards Islam by putting Quranic verses against the images of terrorist attacks. — Bernama
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Mydin stores mark protest against anti-Islam film
By MANJIT KAUR

SUBANG JAYA: All Mydin stores nationwide have placed red labels on products from the Netherlands as a sign of protest over the release of the controversial anti-Islam film Fitna.

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin said they have put up notices in their two hypermarkets and 24 emporiums nationwide as a step to urge shoppers not to purchase the products.

Dutch legislator Geert Wilders released the 15-minute film on the Internet on Thursday.


Red sticker day: Shahrir on a tour of Mydin Hypermarket in USJ, Subang Jaya, after he launched “Product Malaysia Citarasa Kita” promotion Monday. Inset — the notice to inform customers which products are from the Netherlands.

“We have put up red labels with the words ‘Product from the Netherlands’ on the shelves and posters have been pasted around the mall and cashier counters to urge shoppers not to buy the products.

“This will give customers a choice to shop for other products, especially local products.

“One need not be a Muslim to refrain from purchasing the products, as nobody has the right to condemn any religion – it is time to show how united we are.

“Anyway, there are many other products to choose from, and people need not worry,” Ameer said in his speech before Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad launched the Product Malaysia Citarasa Kita promotion at the Mydin Hypermarket in USJ here yesterday.

He added that they were, however, unable to remove the products from the shelves as consumers had the right to make their own choice.

Shahrir commended Mydin and Ameer for speaking up and placing the labels to discourage people from purchasing products from the Netherlands.

He said usually businessmen preferred to stay neutral when it came to such issues.

“But I am surprised with the speech by Ameer and the willingness of Mydin to place the labels to show their dissatisfaction over Wilders’ act.

“We are not angry with the Netherlands Government but with Wilders’ act, which has created anger among the Muslims,” he said, adding that there was no official boycott of Dutch products.

Shahrir said even companies in the Netherlands had said that they would take legal action against Wilders if their businesses were affected.

“And since their businesses are now affected, I hope legal action will be taken,” he added.

“With the move, consumers will have a choice of products that can compete with foreign products,” he added.
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Tesco to boost house brand
BY Jeeva Arulapalam
Published: 2008/04/08



BRITISH retailer Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd will increase its line of house brand products by 50 per cent this year as the war on low-priced products continues to rage among hypermarkets.

"This year, we expect pricing to become even more competitive. For now, our house brand contributes about 15 per cent of (total) sales," Tesco marketing director Paul Morris told Business Times after its Tesco Shop 'N' Win Contest prize-giving ceremony yesterday.

For its financial year ended February 28 2007, the retailer recorded RM1.7 billion in sales. Its chief executive officer Chris Bush previously told Business Times that Tesco expected this to jump 50 per cent in 2008.

Morris said sales contribution from its Tesco brand will increase as the retailer adds to the current line-up of about 2,000 items. It plans to offer more household items such as plastic storage products, detergents and foot rugs.






In the UK, sales contribution from its household brand accounts for 80 per cent of sales.

"Customers have articulated that items they are most price conscious about are household chemical goods such as detergents and also baby products," he said.

Meanwhile, the retailer aims to increase its clubcard membership to two million by end-2008, from 1.3 million now. The clubcard was introduced last August.

The growth in clubcard membership will be driven by its expansion throughout Malaysia this year.

"We have secured (federal) approvals for seven to eight stores and should be able to open by end of this year," said corporate and legal affairs director Azlam Shah Alias during the press conference.

He said the stores, with an investment of RM50 million per outlet, will create 5,000 jobs.
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I pitty so much to the small Kedai Runcit retailers.

Other than house delivery of gas, rice, sugar, they have nothing to offer and to compete with big hypermarket.
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Old April 15th, 2008, 05:03 AM   #125
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Carrefour sees 36% sales growth this year
KUALA LUMPUR: Carrefour Malaysia expects sales to grow 36% this year compared with 14% last year driven by sales expansion via new stores and improved sales of its house brands.


Shafie Shamsuddin

The French hypermarket chain also projected a 30% growth in profits, higher than the 22% registered last year, managing director Shafie Shamsuddin said.

The company, he said, was also focusing on increasing sales of its house brands to almost 15% of total sales in two years.

“Consumers would have more (affordable) choices with our house brand, which is important during times of inflation.

“It would also assist the small and medium enterprises producing most of our house brands,” he said after a press conference on the top French companies in Malaysia.

Carrefour plans to have a total of 24 stores by 2010 from 13 currently. It will be spending RM15mil to RM100mil per store, depending on the size.

Shafie said the company had not experienced a slowdown in consumer spending despite the recent price hikes.

Carrefour is a member company of the Paris Stock Exchange Index, CAC 40, which comprises 40 most valued companies among the top 100 companies with the highest capitalisation on the bourse.

According to the French Ambassador Alain du Boispean, 22 member companies of CAC 40 with 12,000 employees were currently in Malaysia.

“The CAC 40 companies conduct over two-thirds of their business and employ over two-thirds of their workforce outside of France.

“They also employ 2.8 million people worldwide,” he said.


Ambassador of France His Excellency Alain du Boispean shaking hands with France embassy economic & commercial counsellor and trade commissioner Jean - Francois Bijon and looking on Malaysian French Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Alain Crouy at the French embassy.

du Boispean said some 180 French companies chose to set up business in Malaysia due to the country's good infrastructure, English-speaking manpower and its central location in Asia.

“These companies have invested US$2.7bil to date and employ almost 30,000 people in Malaysia,” du Boispean said, adding that 37 of these companies had chosen Malaysia to set up their respective regional headquarters.
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cawangan baru Carrefour
Oleh Ahmad Fiesal Othman


PEMBINAAN LANCAR: Empat lagi cawangan baru Carrefour di seluruh negara babitkan pelaburan RM300 juta.




Setiap lokasi dianggar babitkan pelaburan antara RM15j hingga RM100j

CARREFOUR Malaysia merancang membuka sekurang-kurangnya empat lagi cawangan baru di seluruh negara tahun ini membabitkan pelaburan berjumlah kira-kira RM300 juta.

Pengarah Urusan Carrefour Malaysia dan Singapura, Shafie Shamsuddin, berkata ini termasuk cawangan di Kuantan yang akan dibuka penghujung bulan ini, manakala dua lagi dikenali pasti dibuka di Mutiara Damansara dan Johor Bahru.



Katanya, pembukaan setiap cawangan dianggarkan membabitkan pelaburan antara RM15 juta hingga RM100 juta.

"Kami juga merancang untuk membuka cawangan pertama di Sabah dan Sarawak yang dijangka dilaksanakan dalam tempoh dua tahun lagi," katanya ketika ditemui pada majlis perjumpaan antara syarikat Perancis dengan wakil media di Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

Carrefour kini mempunyai 13 cawangan di Malaysia dan operasinya dikendalikan oleh Magnificient Diagraph Sdn Bhd yang 30 peratus kepentingannya dikuasai Syarikat Pesaka Antah yang dikuasai keluarga diraja Negeri Sembilan.

Shafie berkata, pihaknya mahu menjadikan cawangan baru di Kuantan lebih mesra pengguna, terutama untuk orang kurang upaya (OKU).

Katanya, cawangan Kuantan itu akan menjadi satu-satunya cawangan Carrefour memiliki kemudahan OKU yang dinaik taraf serta memenuhi tuntutan golongan berkenaan dalam pelbagai segi.

"Jika berjaya, kami akan menawarkan kemudahan OKU ini di semua 13 cawangan sedia ada supaya bersesuaian dengan keperluan pelanggan Carrefour yang merangkumi pelbagai golongan," katanya.
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cawangan baru Carrefour
Oleh Ahmad Fiesal Othman


PEMBINAAN LANCAR: Empat lagi cawangan baru Carrefour di seluruh negara babitkan pelaburan RM300 juta.




Setiap lokasi dianggar babitkan pelaburan antara RM15j hingga RM100j

CARREFOUR Malaysia merancang membuka sekurang-kurangnya empat lagi cawangan baru di seluruh negara tahun ini membabitkan pelaburan berjumlah kira-kira RM300 juta.

Pengarah Urusan Carrefour Malaysia dan Singapura, Shafie Shamsuddin, berkata ini termasuk cawangan di Kuantan yang akan dibuka penghujung bulan ini, manakala dua lagi dikenali pasti dibuka di Mutiara Damansara dan Johor Bahru.



Katanya, pembukaan setiap cawangan dianggarkan membabitkan pelaburan antara RM15 juta hingga RM100 juta.

"Kami juga merancang untuk membuka cawangan pertama di Sabah dan Sarawak yang dijangka dilaksanakan dalam tempoh dua tahun lagi," katanya ketika ditemui pada majlis perjumpaan antara syarikat Perancis dengan wakil media di Kuala Lumpur, semalam.

Carrefour kini mempunyai 13 cawangan di Malaysia dan operasinya dikendalikan oleh Magnificient Diagraph Sdn Bhd yang 30 peratus kepentingannya dikuasai Syarikat Pesaka Antah yang dikuasai keluarga diraja Negeri Sembilan.

Shafie berkata, pihaknya mahu menjadikan cawangan baru di Kuantan lebih mesra pengguna, terutama untuk orang kurang upaya (OKU).

Katanya, cawangan Kuantan itu akan menjadi satu-satunya cawangan Carrefour memiliki kemudahan OKU yang dinaik taraf serta memenuhi tuntutan golongan berkenaan dalam pelbagai segi.

"Jika berjaya, kami akan menawarkan kemudahan OKU ini di semua 13 cawangan sedia ada supaya bersesuaian dengan keperluan pelanggan Carrefour yang merangkumi pelbagai golongan," katanya.
yeah! so means that Sarawak-Kuching soon will have Carrefour hypermarket... How about Tesco? Any latest news about it?
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Old April 15th, 2008, 09:21 AM   #128
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Residents all out to stop hypermarket project
By DEBBIE CHAN
AMID chants of protest against the construction of a new hypermarket, labourers continued their work as usual.

About 100 Kota Damansara residents gathered at the construction site in Kota Damansara recently to protest against the project, as it would affect their daily life.


Speaking out: Some of the residents carrying placards and banners against the construction work.

Residents from D’Villa Avenue, D’Villa Botany, Gugusan Dedap, Bayu Damansara, R. T. Seri Utama (Section 5) and Damansara Emas picketed and shouted at lorries carrying construction materials into the site.

According to Gugusan Dedap Residents Association representative Zamaruddin Zainuddin, the land was initially approved for the development of 30 double-storey shophouses.

However, the Selangor Development Corporation (PKNS) converted the original plan to a hypermarket and construction began last December.

“The location is inappropriate for a hypermarket, as it is near a primary school and surrounded by residential areas.

“Schoolchildren would be expo- sed to all kinds of negative influences, which would lead to absenteeism, truancy and many other social problems,” Zamaruddin said, adding that most children from Gugusan Dedap walked and cycled to the school.


Unpopular: The project has drawn the ire of residents from several nearby neighbourhoods.

Another R.T. Seri Utama (Section 5) representative Simon Lau said once the hypermarket began operations, it would subject the residents to endless traffic congestion.

Meanwhile, parents have complained that their daughters were teased and disturbed by some of the foreign labourers living at the site.

Kota Damansara MP Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim said the protest had shown that Kota Damasara residents were sensitive to and aware of issues involving them.


Ras Adiba: We also have workers on duty at all times to monitor lorries entering and leaving the site.

“We have reported the matter to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and they will issue a stop-work order to the developer.

“Besides, they also went against MBPJ rules that prohibit work from being carried out on weekends,” he said.

Developer Magnificient Diagraph Sdn Bhd public relations and corporate social responsibility director Ras Adiba Radzi said the company had discussed the matter with MBPJ and reached an agreement concerning the residents’ grouses two weeks ago.

“We also have workers on duty at all times to monitor the lorries entering and leaving the construction site,” she said, adding that it would be better to have a meeting with the residents.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman held a meeting with the town planners to discuss the various factors of concern in the building of the new hypermarket in the area.

“We have conducted the meeting and are waiting for the final reports from the planners on the next course of action,” a MBPJ spokesman said.
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Wednesday April 16, 2008
Tesco plans to open 11 more outlets
By IAN MCINTYRE

KOTA BARU: Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd plans to establish 11 more hypermarket outlets on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia within the next 12 months

Chief executive officer Chris Bush said the expansion would largely cover areas such as Kedah, Johor and the Klang Valley where three stores would be added to the present six.

He said this after the opening of the RM80mil Tesco outlet here, its first in the east coast.

To help consumers cope with mounting costs brought on by global inflation amid the rising fuel prices, Bush said Tesco had last year introduced its own brand for some 800 products.

“We know it is difficult to control cost pricing especially when suppliers hike their costs but we have strategies in place where we guarantee fair value for many products.” he said adding that the Tesco-branded products were 50% to 60% lower in pricing compared to similar products of different brands.

Realising this, many consumers had started buying its brand and had seen impressive growth in

Earlier, Tesco corporate and legal affairs director Azlam Shah Alias said for the Kota Baru outlet, 200 of its product lines were sourced from local suppliers
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Chain finds smart way to grow business
By Vasantha Ganesan
Published: 2008/04/17


Late last month, Carrefour opened a convenience store in Kuala Lumpur under the franchise concept in a move to gain a bigger slice of the RM64 billion retail market in Malaysia.

MALAYSIA'S smallest hypermarket in terms of outlets, Carrefour, appears to have skirted rules by moving into the convenience store business.

It is a clever move because the stores, which are not allowed for foreigners under current rules, will be run under the franchise concept.

By doing so, the business falls under a different set of rules under the Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development. Currently, hypermarkets are regulated by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.

Carrefour officials have declined to comment.



Late last month, the French retailer opened a convenience store under the brand, Carrefour Express, in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur. More stores will be opened, one source told Business Times.

This means that the franchise concept may help Carrefour gain a bigger slice of the RM64 billion retail market in Malaysia.

Although it was the first to enter Malaysia in 1994, Carrefour has the least number of outlets at 13. It trails Hong Kong's Dairy Farm, which has 28 Giant hypermarkets, and the UK's Tesco, which has 14 stores.

Dairy Farm also operates Giant and Cold Storage supermarkets/superstores and the Guardian health and beauty/pharmacy chain.

Tesco, meanwhile, also runs six Tesco Extras which cater for both retail and wholesale buyers.

Based on a search at the Companies Commission of Malaysia, Carrefour Express is operated by a company registered last September, called Agenda Unggul Sdn Bhd.

It was set up to carry out general trading, construction and manufacturing.

It has RM100,000 authorised capital and has issued two shares of RM1 each. The two shares are held by one Rofiati Ahmad and a Mohammad Shariffudin Mohamed Soltan.

The company directors are Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad and Raihanah Yahaya. Both were appointed in February this year.

Carrefour in Malaysia is operated by Magnificient Diagraph Sdn Bhd, which is 30 per cent owned by Negri Sembilan Royalty-controlled Syarikat Pesaka Antah.

Carrefour is the second largest retail chain in the world in terms of revenue, after the US' Walmart.

According to the Carrefour group website, it currently operates four main grocery store formats: hypermarkets, supermarkets, hard discount and convenience stores.

It has more than 15,000 stores, either company-operated or franchises. As at December 31 2007, there were 4,800 convenience stores worldwide, 95 per cent of which are operated under franchise agreements.
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New retail war in the offing?
Published: 2008/04/17




WILL there be a new war among foreign retailers in the convenience store market?

This is what could happen if rivals like Tesco and Giant decide to follow the example of Carrefour.

The French retailer has come up with a smart way of expanding its business in a market that has, until now, been closed to foreigners.

It is using the franchise concept to open a Carrefour Express convenience store and more are likely to follow as the first outlet has drawn a good reception.

Carrefour is no stranger to the franchise business. It has more than 4,000 stores worldwide run by franchisees.

It remains to be seen how this would affect smaller mom and pop stores. Their owners have always railed against the much bigger, more powerful foreign rivals, saying they would perish without protection.

And they are being protected by a set of rules drawn up by the Domestic Trade ministry.

But now local entrepreneurs could also benefit from what Carrefour has done because franchise opens the door for a third party.

By doing this, Carrefour gets to grow its market share and at the same time, enable local retailers who are keen to be in the business a chance to do so.

The franchisees will be able to ride on Carrefour's popular name and get supplies at better prices helped by Carrefour's bulk purchasing power.

However, a real concern is if the franchise fees are set out of the reach of those who are keen to do this business. These circles are typically sundry shops that are family businesses.

Will they complain again now that foreign competition has come down right to their front yard? It is still too early to say.

What's clear is that business will always find a way to grow. What Carrefour did is not wrong, in fact, it's clever.

However, the authorities may think that it goes against the spirit of the existing rules that govern foreign hypermarkets, which is the protection of local mom and pop stores.

Industry players have long complained that these rules are not clear because they are not sure what still applies and what doesn't.

For instance, what is the ratio of a hypermarket to residents, is it one outlet to 350,000 people or one to 150,000 people.

Businesses do not like it when rules are not clear. However, it won't stop them from being in business if there is money to be made.

This explains Carrefour's move.
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How Tesco gets it fresh, and keeps prices down


KUALA LUMPUR: Supermarket chain Tesco Stores (M) Sdn Bhd's RM60 million investment in a fresh food distribution centre in Perak enables it to supply more fresh produce to its stores nationwide and slow down food price rises.

In an interview with Business Times last week, Tesco director of corporate and legal affairs Azlam Shah Alias said the centre brought savings to the company by reducing post-harvest rot or wastage.

The RM60 million centre, built on 6.08ha in Simpang Pulai, Perak, is like a huge fridge spread over three football fields with freezers, chillers and cold rooms.

Azlam said farmers in Perak and Kedah send their freshly harvested produce to the centre "and within five hours we grade, pack and load them onto our refrigerated trucks that go to our stores throughout the peninsula".

This hypermarket operator used to source its vegetables and fruits from wholesalers.

When it realised product quality was not properly controlled, it got farmers to plant according to its specifications.

"Contract farming allows us to look at food safety and monitor the food chain from farm to market.

"We guide the contract farmers on how to control the amount of pesticides used, how it is sprayed and so on.

"We also give pointers to farmers to take better care of the waterways by proper disposal of pesticide canisters."

Tesco also rents baskets and trays to the farmers to reduce handling and thus, deterioration, of the produce.

"Through contract farming we do away with wholesalers and pass on these savings to our customers. That's why we are able to offer fresh vegetables and fruits to shoppers at affordable prices."

Last year, up to a quarter of Tesco's poultry, fruits, vegetables and meat,were contract-farmed in Johor, Kedah, Perak and Terengganu. This year, Tesco aims to increase contract farming of fresh produce to 30 per cent.

In view of the rising food prices, consumers are tightening their belts.

Azlam said many shoppers choose Tesco Value and Tesco Choice products over branded ones. "This year, we expect pricing to become even more competitive."

The group plans to offer more household items like plastic storage products, detergent and foot rugs.

Tesco Stores, a 70:30 joint venture between British retailer Tesco plc and Sime Darby Bhd, opened its first store in 2002. Today, it has 20 hypermarkets throughout peninsular Malaysia. Its latest market will open in Alor Setar next month.
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Carrefour diberi hingga Jumaat buat keputusan

PETALING JAYA 28 April - Pemaju pasar raya besar Carrefour di Kota Damansara telah diminta menghentikan kerja-kerja pembinaan sehingga rundingan mengenai isu bantahan penduduk sekitar terhadap pembinaan pasar raya itu diselesaikan.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Kerajaan Tempatan, Kajian dan Penyelidikan, Ronnie Liew berkata, pihak pemaju diberikan masa sehingga Jumaat ini untuk mempertimbangkan perkara itu dan memaklumkan kepada beliau mengenai keputusan mereka.

"Permintaan ini adalah kerana kerajaan negeri mengamalkan sikap mahukan sesuatu isu itu seboleh-bolehnya diselesaikan di meja perundingan.

"Kita tidak boleh menghalang penduduk membawa isu ini ke mahkamah kerana itu hak mereka tetapi kita tidak menggalakkan," katanya sewaktu mempengerusikan mesyuarat untuk membincangkan isu pembinaan pasar raya besar Carrefour di Jalan Kenyalang 11/1, Seksyen 11, Kota Damansara dekat sini.

Mesyuarat itu, yang diadakan di bangunan ibu pejabat Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) turut dihadiri oleh Datuk Bandar Petaling Jaya, Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman, wakil Carrefour, penduduk-penduduk sekitar tapak pasar raya itu serta peguam mereka, Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Kota Damansara, Dr. Mohd. Nasir Hashim dan wakil Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor (PKNS).

Ronnie berkata, kerajaan negeri tidak mahu dilihat sebagai tidak mematuhi perjanjian walaupun kelulusan mendirikan pasar raya itu diberikan oleh kerajaan sebelum ini.

"Sebarang perjanjian yang dibuat oleh kerajaan terdahulu perlu dihormati, kecuali jika terdapat sesuatu yang tidak betul.

"Namun, kami minta penduduk bersabar, jangan ambil tindakan mahkamah dahulu. Kita berikan pengurusan Carrefour sehingga Jumaat ini untuk mereka mempertimbangkan tindakan menghentikan terus kerja-kerja pembinaan," katanya.

Beliau berkata, pengurusan Carrefour harus mempertimbangkan fakta bahawa jika penduduk membawa bantahan mereka ke mahkamah dan menang, maka mereka (Carrefour) akan menanggung kerugian yang lebih besar.

Pada 14 April lalu, penduduk-penduduk yang terdiri daripada Gabungan Persatuan-Persatuan Penduduk D'Villa Avenue, D'Villa Botany, Gugusan Dedap, Bayu Damansara, Damansara Emas dan Seri Utama, Seksyen 5 yang terletak berdekatan tapak Carrefour baru itu telah mengadakan tunjuk perasaan bagi membantah pembinaannya.

Tunjuk perasaan itu turut disertai oleh Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru Sekolah Kebangsaan Seksyen 11 dan Friends of Damansara, sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan berkaitan pemuliharaan alam sekitar.

Turut hadir memberikan sokongan kepada gabungan penunjuk perasaan itu ialah Mohd. Nasir sendiri.

Sementara itu, mesyuarat hari ini berlangsung dengan tenang tetapi sekali-sekali bertukar panas apabila wakil-wakil penduduk mempertikaikan kewajaran PKNS menyokong pembinaan pasar raya itu.

Menurut wakil PKNS, dari segi perancangan bandar, penduduk dan pihak sekolah tidak perlu risau dengan kehadiran pasar raya itu kerana ia akan menjadikan kawasan itu lebih bersih dan tersusun berbanding jika dibina 30 unit rumah kedai seperti dalam perancangan asal.

"Selain itu, Carrefour mempunyai pegawai keselamatan yang membolehkan pemantauan dibuat terhadap para pelajar sekolah jika mereka merayau-rayau di sana.

"Mengikut perancangan bandar juga, jalan di situ bukannya jalan mati dan ia merupakan antara sebab itu kami menyokong pembinaan Carrefour di situ," kata wakil PKNS itu.

Bagaimanapun, wakil-wakil penduduk berkata, PKNS telah gagal menilai keadaan persekitaran yang menurut mereka tidak sesuai termasuk kehadiran sebuah sekolah berhampiran tapak pasar raya itu.

Peguam yang mewakili penduduk, Derek Fernandes berkata, pemaju telah gagal mengambil kira kesan pembangunan dan juga kesan sosial terhadap kawasan sekitar dengan kehadiran Carrefour itu nanti.

Ronnie seterusnya berkata, selain meminta pandangan daripada penasihat undang-undang negeri, beliau juga akan membawa perkara itu ke mesyuarat Exco.

Beliau juga mengingatkan bahawa arahan MBPJ supaya kerja-kerja melebihi masa dihentikan seperti yang dikeluarkan pada 24 April lalu kekal dan perlu dipatuhi.
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Hypermart to abide by stop-work order
By TAN KARR WEI


CARREFOUR Malaysia will abide by the stop-work order issued by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) on the hypermarket project in Section 11, Kota Damansara.

The company's public relations and corporate social responsibility director, Ras Adiba Radzi, said the company had also met residents to resolve the latter's concern about the project.

“We will comply with the stop-work order and take the necessary measures to ensure there is no violation on the part of our contractors, especially those pertaining to the environment,” Ras Adiba said.

She added that the contractors and consultant had already been informed not to work after 6pm and on Saturdays, which was among the issues raised by the residents.

Meanwhile, Kota Damansara Section 11 legal adviser Derek Fernandez said the stop-work order issued to the developer had been extended.

He said the developer, apart from not consulting the nearby residents, had also not submitted the development impact proposal report and social assessment impact report of the project.

The company had asked for a month to get back to the government on their next action but Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu wanted the company to make a proposal as soon as possible.

The options given to the company are either to build the hypermarket at a different location or to carry on, based on conditions set by the government.

“The residents are concerned about the social impact of the hypermarket on their children. It is too close to the school, so the noise would be distracting to schoolchildren,” said Fernandez.

He added that it was against proper urban planning to have a commercial development right smack in a residential area.
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Melati has some catching up to do
By IZWAN IDRIS
MELATI Ehsan Holdings Bhd, a small construction stock, has some catching up to do if it is to meet analysts’ forecasts for the year ending Aug 31, 2008 (FY08).

OSK Investment Bank said the first half of the year was traditionally a weak period for Melati, and it foresaw the second half making up the remainder of its projection.

For the first six months ended Feb 28, Melati posted a net profit of RM7.74mil, or 6.45 sen per share. OSK, in a report dated April 30, projected that the company would make RM34.2mil, or 28.5 sen per share, in FY08.

OSK noted that in the previous fiscal year, first-half earnings made up only 20% of the group’s full-year results.

Melati’s share price ended flat at RM1.30 on thin volume of 37,200 shares traded last Friday. It has a market value of RM156mil.

The company, which was listed in mid-March 2007, hit a peak of RM1.78 in October last year.

Like many other construction stocks, Melati’s share price performance was bogged down by concerns over the potential slowdown in the sector and rising material costs.

OSK had previously revised by half its assumption for the group’s order book replenishment from RM300mil to RM150mil this year.

It also said a recent announcement that some Ninth Malaysia Plan projects may be delayed or scrapped reinforced its view that the local construction sector was heading for a slowdown,

In late March, Melati said it was awarded a RM40.5mil contract for the main building works for the Carrefour hypermarket in Kota Damansara, Selangor.

Recent press reports said the company’s order book was worth RM1.7bil – mostly in Johor and Selangor – which would sustain the company over the next three years.

Managing director Datuk Yap Suan Chee owns the biggest stake (49.7%) in the company, followed by Melati Corp Sdn Bhd (20.9%) and Lembaga Tabung Haji (7.3%).
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Carrefour to double outlets
By SIMON KHOO

KUANTAN: Magnificient Diagraph Sdn Bhd, which operates the Carrefour hypermarket chain, hopes to double the number of its outlets to 28 from 14 currently in three years.

Managing director Shafie Shamsuddin said most of the new outlets would be located in the Klang Valley, Johor Baru, Ipoh and Penang.


At least five outlets would be opened this year, of which three would be in the Klang Valley, including one in Tropicana, and two in Johor, he said in an interview after opening the 14th outlet in East Coast Mall here recently.

“We have also submitted applications to the relevant authorities to open four more outlets in the east coast states.

“We have identified the sites and are awaiting the green light to proceed,” he added.

Carrefour's 14th outlet and Parkson Corp Sdn Bhd are anchor tenants in the latest shopping complex in Kuantan.

Shafie said the company projected annual sales of RM90mil for the latest outlet.

“Although the target is ambitious, we are confident of achieving it based on the present market situation.

“Besides, our advantage is our house brands, which are some 30% cheaper than other branded items in the market,” he said.

He added that the chain's promise to refund customers double the price difference on items they had bought for a lower price within a 10km radius of its outlets also contributed to its success.

Shafie said the Kuantan outlet employs 400 people, including six who were slow learners and physically handicapped.

He said the chain's aim was to have the handicapped comprise 5% of its workforce by 2010.

Of the chain's 4,000 employees, only 21 were “special persons”, including former newscaster Ras Adiba Radzi, now director of public relations and corporate social responsibility division, he added.
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