On the ground Business Assessment from TG’s Nasi Kandar owner, next to Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur’s most famous food street. It’s so bad.
August 7, 2020
Kumar, owner of the 16-year old super popular TG’s Nasi Kandar in Tengkat Tong Shin, the quieter road parallel to Jalan Alor, gave the low-down of how KL businesses are so badly hit in KL. His own Airbnb business is dead.
His neighbor owner of 12Fly Hotel is barely surviving, mainly because he owns the whole building, if not he admitted he would have to close shop as he would not be able to pay the rent, salaries and overheads.
The nearby hotels appropriately named Corona Inn and Alpha Genesis Hotel (next to Changkat) remained closed and Dior Hotel have only 10% occupancy.
Corona Inn – not a good name during coronavirus pandemic like Corona Beer.
Another hotel in Pudu, opened the first floor of 10 floors, only 8 rooms were occupied from 12 rooms on the first floor.
6 restaurants had closed shop for good in Jalan Alor.
Changkat Bukit Bintang in normal times.
A walk along Changkat Bukit Bintang the hip and happening street in KL, business was very slow, big discounts are on offer, the row of massage outlets up the Changkat had no customers.
A money changer friend of his, only managed to have RM800 per day transaction when it tried to open for 2 weeks in July.
Kumar himself managed to get a 6 month rental reduction from RM32,000 pm to RM18,000, but come September it’s back to full rental, but he didn’t retrench any of his 20 full time foreign workers, and RMCO is expected to be continued with borders closed to new foreign visitors. TG’s barely makes RM2,500 per day nowadays – below break even point.
Kumar thinks that the Mamak stores in suburbs such as Kepong, Sentul, Setapak whose customers are mainly nearby residents, and don’t rely on foreigners, are doing fine.
A survey conducted by the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) has revealed that 25 percent of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will likely cease operations if the country is hit with another wave of Covid-19.
Biodata of Robert Chaen
Founder of Robren Mega EMall, Robren Services, ChangeU, CEO-Celebrity Whisperer, Asia’s #1 Change Expert, and the Father of Asian FireWalking
Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and change expert. He is famously known as the "CEO-Celebrity Whisperer”. Through 1-on-1 coaching, CEOs & celebrities whisper their issues and secrets to Robert, and Robert whispers back the best success secrets about business strategies, change tools, office politics & staff issues, and personal branding.
He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, , 300+ MSC CEOs in S.E. Asia's Silicon Valley, etc.
He is the EKing of EMalls, the Founder of Robren Mega EMall, the World’s First Parallel Universe EMall Chian, with 100 City Mega EMalls opening in 2021-2023 (fb.com/MegaEMalls).
He is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club. He has interviewed PM Tun Dr Mahathir, Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia), Siti Nurhaliza, and other CEOs, Entrepreneurs and Influencers.
He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show). If Robert can coach you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be the best.
Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant skeptics.
Due to an ongoing paranormal encounter of the Angelic kind, he has been an Angel Whisperer 25 minutes before his late wife Brenda José crossed over on 23rd December 2013. Since then she has been sending him countless afterlife signs and he has written many articles and an EBook on his whisperings about The Afterlife and beyond from Angel Brenda.
Updated: 2nd August 2020.