Published: Thursday October 13, 2011 MYT 7:54:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 13, 2011 MYT 7:56:56 PM
More operators for 1Malaysia thrift stores
By JOSEPH KAOS JR
KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will allow more operators to open stores under the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) name, said Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
"The shops must have the same layout and management style that is being used in existing KR1M stores," said Ismail Sabri.
At present, the KR1M thrift stores are run by Mydin Mohamed Holdings Bhd.
He said the decision would put to rest allegations, especially those circulating in blogs, that the Government was sanctioning a monopoly under the KR1M programme.
"These allegations aren't true. It is the government's wish for more people to be involved in the KR1M programe."
Mydin, however, will continue to be the sole producer of the "1Malaysia" brand of products.
"The Government is pleased with the quality of the items produced by Mydin. Until today, we have not received a complaint on their products.
"However, we also welcome other suppliers who can come up with quality products. Just come to us," said Ismail Sabri, who was in Wangsa Maju here Thursday to open the fifth KR1M store.