BUTTERWORTH – Pelita Samudera Sdn Bhd, owner of the Nasi Kandar Pelita restaurant chain, plans to open three more branches on a franchise basis in India next year.
Chief Operations Officer Datuk Sihabutheen Kirudu Mohammed said negotiations are ongoing over the new outlets, set to open early next year in South India.
“We have had a branch in Chennai, India since 2003 and response has been good,” he told reporters today at the company’s Hari Raya open house where it handed over hampers and cash contributions to some 1,000 poor and needy recipients.
He said the company opened a branch each in Ipoh, Perak and Seremban, Negeri Sembilan in May and June respectively, bringing its total number of branches to 30.
The chain, which began operations in 1994, employs some 1,600 workers including locals and foreigners, and has obtained halal certification from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim), he noted.
To a question, he said business is still good despite the rise in operating costs due to rising prices of raw materials. – BERNAMA