Management of hypermart in Meru Raya seeks rental rebate for kiosk operators

Some kiosks at the Mydin hypermarket in Meru Raya, Ipoh, have remained close as they are not deemed as essential services, but they are still required to pay the rent.

ABOUT 20 stall and kiosk operators at the Mydin hypermarket in Meru Raya, Ipoh, are hoping to get a waiver or reduction on rental.

With their businesses badly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and movement restrictions since last year, the traders are appealing to the management, Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd, to give them rental rebates.

Noratikah Mohd Umar, 26, who has been operating a kiosk selling women’s clothing since 2018, said many traders hoped for some leeway for them to survive.

“Some discounts were given last year and we had hoped it would continue.

“During the second and third movement control order, many of us could not operate normally and this affected our income,” she said in a press conference at the hypermarket.

Noratikah added that some traders have been paying rent in full despite not being allowed to open daily.

“A few months back, I could only open for four days before the government announced that all non-essential businesses must close.

“Throughout June, most of us remained closed and there was no revenue to pay the rental,” she said, adding that her rental was about RM4,000.

Jewellery seller Mohd Roslan Ahmad Rusli, 29, said some traders were forced to close down as they could not afford to pay the rent.

“Even when we were able to open, there were just not enough sales to survive and pay the rent.

“We also have our own personal debts and loans.

“We really hope for assistance from the management,” he added.

Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd facilities management and property department head Mohd Azwan Ahimmat said he understood the kiosk operators’ plight and took note of their request for rental rebates.

However, he said Mydin too was renting the premises and has asked building owner Lembaga Tabung Haji for a discount on rental.

“It is in our plan to give the operators some rebate but there has been no reply from the landlord, so we also cannot do much,” he added.

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