Posted by in Food, International Food Franchises on Sep 29, 2020 .

Berjaya Group Berhad (“BGroup”) founded and controlled by Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun effectively holds the worldwide Kenny Rogers Roasters (KRR) franchise following BGroup’s acquisition of KRR International Corp, USA in April 2008. In Malaysia, Berjaya Roasters (M) Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berjaya Food Berhad is the master franchisee of KKR restaurants here. KKR was originally set up by popular Country and Western singer, Kenny Rogers, and a former Governor of the state of Kentucky, John Y Brown Jr. In August 1991 KKR opened its first restaurant in Coral Spring, Florida, USA and since then expanded internationally to many...

Posted by in People, Art on Aug 30, 2020 .

Malaysia’s youngest tok dalang or master puppeteer of wayang kulit (shadow play) is a six year old boy called Aqfierudzar Rizq Mohd Sulhie (known by his nickname Pyu), youngest of three sons of Mohd Sulhie Yusuf, 42, the founder of Arjunasukma Academy in Klang, Selangor. Sulhie and his wife, Aniza Musa, 35, are wayang kulit enthusiasts and work together at Arjunasukma Academy to keep this ancient, creative and entertaining shadow theatre alive. Sulhie was with the Customs Department before he decided to go full time in 2008 with the teaching of this art. He subscribes to the wayang kulit Kelantan. Wayang kulit as a theatre form is still...

Posted by in Food, Restaurant Groups on Aug 10, 2020 .

The Oversea Restaurant Group began business in 1977 when founder Yu Soo Chye @ Yee Soo Chye and partners started the first “Restoran Oversea” in Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur which offered fine dining Cantonese cuisine, ala-carte dining and wedding banquet functions. Yu Soo Chye started as a kitchen helper in a restaurant in the 1950s and he learned the skills of managing the ins and outs of a restaurant. Restoran Oversea was the culmination of twenty years of hard work and savings.

In the 1980s, two brother-in-laws joined him in the business. Khong Yik Kam, now 70, was helping out with the operations of the restaurants and Lee Seng Fan,...

The Ong family led by Ong Kim Too, is behind the success of Village Grocer Holdings Sdn Bhd (VGH). Ong and his brothers grew up in a neighbourhood sundry shop in Gombak which his father started in the 1950s. After 4 decades, the family amassed enough savings to start a supermarket called Pasaraya OTK in 1997. Ong Kim Too was working as an engineer in Australia before returning home to Malaysia to help expand the family’s grocery business. Two more outlets were opened in Sentul and Puchong.

In 2004 an opportunity arose to start a supermarket in Bangsar Village, Kuala Lumpur. Ong took the challenge to go upmarket and created a new...

The Jaya Grocer supermarket chain is managed and controlled by Teng Yew Huat and his son Daniel Teng, 32, who is the Director of Operations. YH Teng was a co-founder together with other Teng family members of TMC (Teng’s Mini-Market Centre) in Bangsar and the Giant hypermarket chain. In 1999 the Teng family sold out the business to Hong Kong based Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited for a bountiful sum.

8 years on YH Teng went back into the grocery business again. This time he started on his own with the first Jaya Grocer supermarket opened in 2007. Within 10 years it had grown to 21 supermarkets with a growing middle class...

Posted by in Food, Hypermarkets & Supermarkets on Jul 08, 2020 .

Cold Storage Malaysia (premium supermarket) and the Giant hypermarket chain here are part of Hong Kong based Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited Group (Dairy Farm). Dairy Farm, a leading pan-Asian retailer with an annual turnover of US$27 billion, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group. The Dairy Farm Group operates grocery retail, convenience stores, health and beauty stores, home furnishings and many other well known retail brands in the Asia Pacific region.

Dairy Farm acquired Giant hypermarket chain in 1999 from the Teng family who ran the popular TMC grocery store in Bangsar,...

Posted by in Food, International Food Franchises on Jul 08, 2020 .

The Master Franchisee for Burger King for Malaysia and Singapore is a company linked to the founder of 99 Speedmart, Lee Thiam Wah. Lee, an inspiring entrepreneur who was afflicted with polio from young, acquired the rights to the Burger King franchise from government linked investment fund, Ekuiti Nasional Bhd (Ekuinas) in 2015 for RM74.6million. Ekuinas disposed of its interest in the Burger King franchise to Lee’s Newscape Capital with the consent of BK Asiapac Pte Ltd, the master franchisor of the Burger King brand in the Asia Pacific region as part of its exercise to exit the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) business.

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The family of the late Tan Sri Lee Loy Seng, a prominent miner and plantation owner in Ipoh, Perak, control two listed companies on Bursa Malaysia – Batu Kawan Berhad and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK). The Lee family owns 47% of Batu Kawan and Batu Kawan is the single largest shareholder in KLK with a stake of 47.03%. Both are oil palm plantation companies with large landbanks. Where strategically located for property development, KLK through its subsidiary KLK Land has ventured into mixed residential and commercial development - Sierramas, a FIABCI award winning residential development which was a joint venture with Tan & Tan...