Posted by in Food, Hypermarkets & Supermarkets on Nov 11, 2020 .

AEON CO. (M) BHD (AEON) is a leading General Merchandise Stores (GMS) cum Supermarket chain in Malaysia, with 28 AEON MALLs, 34 AEON Outlets, 5 MaxValu Prime Supermarkets across the country. It was listed on Bursa Malaysia in December 1996 as Jaya Jusco Stores Berhad (Jaya Jusco). Jaya Jusco set up its first retail store in Malaysia in June 1985 at Dayabumi Complex Kuala Lumpur. For financial year ended 31 December 2019 AEON reported revenue of RM4.5 billion and profit before tax of RM196.9 million.  

Its sister company, Aeon Credit Service (M) Berhad (Aeon Credit)  is also listed on Bursa Malaysia (12 December 2007). AEON Credit...

Posted by in Food, Restaurant Groups on Apr 21, 2021 .

The Simple Life vegetarian restaurant chain was founded by Tracy Ngo and her husband, Lai Keun Ban, in 2011 and it has since expanded into 12 outlets. Tracy and Lai began with an Organic shop selling the popular Hakka Lei cha dish and other vegetarian offerings in 1992. The venture into the organic business was spurred when Tracy discovered a small tumour near her ear. She had it removed and then adopted a vegetarian and organic lifestyle. Tracy has written three organic recipe books to help those who would like to prepare delicious organic vegetarian dishes at home. Her aim is to dispel the general view that vegetarian dishes are bland...

Padini Holdings Berhad (Padini) a leading apparel company in Malaysia (listed on Bursa Malaysia) is controlled by founder, Yong Pang Chaun, his wife, Chong Chin Lin. Two of their three sons, Andrew Yong Tze How and Benjamin Yong Tze Jet, are Executive Directors. They joined the Padini Group about 10 years ago and were elevated to Executive Directors and the Board five years ago. Youngest son, Chris Yong, is also active in the operations of Brands Outlet in the Padini Group.

Founder Yong Pang Chaun, 69, Managing Director of Padini, joined a textile merchant in Singapore after his secondary education and learned the ropes of the textile...

Posted by in Food, Restaurant Groups on Apr 15, 2021 .

Many years ago we met up with the lady, Mdm Kwan Swee Lian, at her Madam Kwan’s restaurant at Pavillion, Kuala Lumpur. She was in her late 70s. Time passed by so quickly and Mdm Kwan is 86 now. She has her share of body aches and finds difficulty with walking so her customers do not get to see her much anymore at Madam Kwan’s Pavillion.  

“I didn’t know how to cook,” she told us with a chuckle and that began the start of an interesting afternoon chat. “I was a beautician and I wouldn’t be found getting my hands dirty in the kitchen.” Many people of her time remember her from the Sakura Café days in Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Sakura Café...

Posted by in Family Business, Non-listed Companies on Apr 15, 2021 .

It began with a family banana leaf restaurant in 1988 called the Lotus Family Restaurant at Jalan Gasing, Petaling Jaya. Tan Sri Datuk R. Doraisingam together with his brothers, Datuk R. Ramalingam Pillai and Datuk Nagasundaram Pillai, built up the Lotus Group over more than 30 years into a diversified family business with  

• 22 Lotus restaurants 
• a major distributor of Indian films and owning one of the largest cinema chains in the country under Lotus Five Star (13 outlets with 53 screens),  
• An expanding Lotus Care Premier Assisted Living business with the first custom-designed four-storey aged-care facility in Petaling Jaya...

Posted by in Food, Hypermarkets & Supermarkets on Apr 14, 2021 .

Meng Chui and his wife started young as pasar malam vendors. They had their dreams like other young people. She believed in him and he believed in himself that being a businessman was all he wanted to be. He wasn’t cut out for school. They could have been the typical obladi oblada couple and “life goes on” (The Beatles’ famous song) like the rest of the vendors. But that didn’t happen. They slogged together and probably did not envisage that more than 2 decades later, they would own the SegiFresh grocery chain with 50 outlets and a robust online shopping portal for their bulk buying customers which comprised hotels, caterers, restaurant...

Change at the top of the Berjaya Group conglomerate which includes in its stable a host of listed companies on Bursa Malaysia took place when Dato’ Sri Robin Tan Yeong Ching (47) who was the Group CEO, stepped down in favour of an outsider professional, Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasheed (39). Jalil Rasheed was appointed to the Board on 16 March 2021. Robin Tan was appointed the Deputy Group Executive Chairman of holding company Berjaya Corporation Berhad while his father, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun, 69, remains the Group Chairman. At the time of Jalil Rasheed's appointment as Group CEO of Berjaya Corporation, Tan Sri Vincent Tan...

Chek Hup means “prosperity and unity” in Cantonese. The Ipoh based Chek Hup group was founded by Tan Soo Hor and his wife,  Chang Ngan Mooi in 1965 to sell rock sugar. Chek Hup’s logo shows a rabbit, a wheelbarrow and coffee beans. The rabbit symbolises purity and honesty. Its upright ears signifies happiness and positivity. The wheelbarrow symbolises pushing forward and staying ahead of the times. The coffee beans are the core products of the company. 

By the 1990s the Tans had established its forte in the rock sugar business  which had expanded to Singapore. They then decided to invest in the 3 in 1 instant coffee business catching...