Shopping in comfort: Most malls have maintained the temperature of their air-conditioners to provide shoppers a favourable environment.
PETALING JAYA: It’s still pretty “chilly” at shopping malls despite the electricity tariff increase. Most managements are still reluctant to compromise on shopping comfort in return for lower overhead costs.
“The shopping environment should be cool and comfortable,” said HC Chan, president of Malaysia Shopping Malls Association and CEO Sunway Shopping Malls and Theme Parks.
Chan, who is also a committee member of the Building Management Association of Malaysia and International Real Estate Federation of Malaysia, said: “I do not want to compromise comfort but at the same time, we must not waste energy. Hence, striking the perfect balance is essential,” he said.
The present air-conditioning temperature at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall and KL Pavilion remains set at 22˚C.
Chan said there could be plans to raise the temperature in malls to 23°C or 24°C in the future.
Joyce Yap, CEO of Pavilion and President of BBKLCC, said that there was no change in Pavilion’s airconditioning temperature.
However, she said the firm was hoping to review its energy utilisation to save energy.
“We need to look for the best way when it comes to cushioning the rise in tariffs and need to be mindful about keeping prices low,” Yap said.
When the tariff increase was announced in December, shopping malls wanted to raise the temperature of air-conditioners to save on electricity.
Malaysian Employers Federation executive director Shamsuddin Bardan said employees should abide by their employers’ efforts to save electricity.
However, he raised his concern about the timing of the rise in electricity tariffs.
“This increase would be unfair to companies whose financial years begin in April 2014 and end in March 2015.
“The cost impact will be obvious in these cases,” he added.
“In the long run, Malaysia may risk its products becoming less competitive in the international market,” he said.