Home > Archives
Monday August 15, 2005
PETALING JAYA: What's in a name?
Plenty, as far as the owners of Sri Paandi restaurants are concerned.
The curry feud between the two Sri Paandi restaurants in Section 11 here has just become spicier – the owners who originated the restaurant name are claiming that one of them was using the “franchise name” without consent.
M.P. Ariyaputhiran, 73, and V. Ramupillai, 77, the duo who started the Sri Paandi restaurant in 1987, claimed that the name was being used although no shares were allocated to them by the owner as promised.
Referring to the older restaurant in Section 11, Ariyaputhiran said there would not be a dispute if its owners K. Saraswathy and husband A. Shinniah gave them a 50% share.
“The partners are old and want me to run the restaurants, and as part of the group's expansion I started the restaurant in PJ.
“However, we think we can unite and be one group if 50% of the shares are given to us by Saraswathy,” David added.
David said neither Saraswathy nor Shinniah, had worked with the Brickfields Sri Paandi.
David had with him the Brickfields Sri Paandi's registration with the Companies Commission of Malaysia.
“I have never wanted to sell the restaurant. I was only asking for the agreed share due to the Brickfields company,” he added.
When contacted, Saraswathy, who started her restaurant five years ago, said that discussions were still in progress.
“Sri Paandi is a Hindu deity's name and we are using it as a mark of respect.
“They should not ask for any royalty because there are many people using this name in other businesses too,” she said.
Yesterday, The Star reported that a “hot and spicy” feud was taking place between the two neighbouring restaurants who were using the same name with their workers even wearing the same uniforms.
Curry War: Paandi vs Paandi
Copyright © 1995-2013 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)