BUTTERWORTH: Pelita Nasi Kandar will be opening three new outlets in Saudi Arabia, said company director Datuk K.K. Sihabutheen.
He added that Pelita - the largest nasi kandar chain in Malaysia - has identified the locations for its outlets in Mecca and Madinah and said that the proposed site for its Jeddah outlet would be decided soon.
"We will start with the Medina outlet, hopefully in April, and the rest will follow shortly after. We will retain the mamak-style menu from Malaysia and the outlets will be managed by our Saudi partners," said Sihabutheen.
Pelita currently has one international outlet in Chennai, India.
Sihabutheen also said that two new Pelita outlets will open in Kuala Lumpur this year.
The one in Sunway Resort, Subang Jaya will start operations in March while the outlet in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman is set to open in April.
Sihabutheen added that the company which is registered under Pelita Samudra Pertama (M) Sdn Bhd was listed in the Malaysia Book Of Records on Oct 26 as the largest nasi kandar restaurant chain with 25 outlets in the country.
Earlier, the Keeper of the Kaaba in Mecca, Dr Saleh Taha Al’Shaibi, was present at the outlet in Chai Leng Park here to discuss the joint venture with Pelita executive chairman Datuk Shamsuri Ahmad.
Also present was Penang Umno chief Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman.
"Dr Saleh is the 77th keeper of the Ka’aba and a descendant of the Bani Shaiba tribe which holds the keys to the Kaaba," said Shamsuri.
He added that Dr Saleh would also pay a visit to Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas during his three-day visit here.