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Excerpts from BFM Radio Interview on MCO, March 2020

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The Malaysia Shopping Malls Association hopes that the government will provide urgent relief to the local shopping mall industry. These include measures such as suspension of all statutory contributions such as EPF, SOCSO and EIS, and speedier refunds of overpaid taxes.

PPKM President Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok told BFM News, they also request for income tax installments to be suspended temporarily.

“Firstly to suspend tax installments until the end of the year for both companies and individuals, this will help the immediate cash flow problem but in view of the expected long recovery period the govt should look to reduce the applicable tax rate for this year, perhaps halving the tax rate would be possible”


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The Malaysia Shopping Malls Association hopes for government intervention for the local shopping mall industry, with measures including the waiver of Assessments, Quit Rents and Business License fees. President Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok told BFM News, Putrajaya should also suspend temporarily, the statutory contributions of employees in the industry.

“To waive the contribution to EPF, Socso, EIS, HRDF for this year. Apart from EPF the other funds are basically insurance funds and to date there are adequate reserves to meet the foreseeable draw times and these funds can withstand the waiver of contributions for this year. The waiver of these contributions would put much needed cash in the pockets of the companies and employees”


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The Malaysia Shopping Malls Association urges the government to help preserve the cash flow for businesses and individuals, amid the Movement Control Order period. President Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok told BFM News, the association hopes this can be addressed during the economic stimulus package which will be announced today.

“I think the most important objective of the govt stimulus package is to enable business to survive so that layoffs are kept to minimum and nobody goes hungry or desperate. For businesses the key immediate need is to have a positive cash flow and a reduction of cost of doing business, for the individual it is important that there is cash for sustainence”


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The government has been urged to consider subsidising lost wages, that is a portion of the salaries paid by employers to employees, during the Movement Control Order period. Malaysia Shopping Malls Association President, Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok told BFM News, Putrajaya should emulate the efforts of the Canadian and UK government, to help the local mall industry.

“The UK and Canadian governments have already announced subsidizing 70-80% of salaries paid by businesses to employees this is to enable businesses to avoid laying off employees and have the full capacity to operate the business”

Teo adds, another measure is to waiver assessment, quit rent and business license fees.

“To keep cost of doing business to the minimum and preserve cash for both the companies and individuals we propose to waive off assessment quit rents all licenses and fees for businesses and antecedent activities associated with business eg restaurant license, halal license, overtime operating hours license, advertising license,premise license signboard license etc”


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Malaysia Shopping Malls Association hopes that Putrajaya will take measures to aid the local mall industry, such as double tax deduction of all salaries of employees in the sector. President Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok told BFM News, this includes allowing any foregone rental, to be written off as allowable expenses.

“The government to provide funds equivalent to half the rental forgone due to rental rebates. This is sharing the burden by all stakeholders landlord tenant and government to ensure businesses can be sustained, survive and provide employment”



We refer to the current local scenario in connection with the Covid-19 global health pandemic and wish to inform all members that further our previous circular, it will now be POSTPONED to August 2020. For more information, please click here.




PPKM’s 35th AGM has been postponed until after 30 June due to Covid-19 mitigation measures, click here for details in our circular.




The current Restricted Movement Order decrees shopping malls to be partially open from 18-31 March 2020 to provide essential services. For more details, please click here.


PPKM’s Amazing Mall Challenge, 8 March 2020

10 teams participated in PPKM’s second shopping mall hunt for ‘treasures’, running from the Petaling Jaya starting point at Paradigm Mall, to Quill City Mall in the city centre, then onto The Mines and the final check point at IOI City Mall, Putrajaya. The championship went to Team ‘Flow Rider’ from 1 Utama Shopping Centre, followed by 1st runner up ’Coolie Mines’ from The Mines. Our grateful thanks to all mall sponsors – Paradigm Mall, Quill City Mall, The Mines and of course, IOI City Mall for arranging the prize-giving logistics and gifts in kind.

Click HERE to view the photos gallery.




PPK Malaysia is pleased to announce that we are launching the training and education of personnel in shopping centres for the first half of 2020. The courses have been endorsed by Malaysia Retailers Association, (MRA), Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA), Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (REHDA) and FIABCI Malaysia.


The dates, time and venue for the respective modules are as below:


Module : Marketing and Leasing (Part 1 & 2)
Date : Monday, 6 April 2020 – Wednesday, 8 April 2020 (3 Days)
Venue : One World Hotel, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya


Module : Administration (Part 1 & 2)
Date : Thursday, 9 April 2020 – Saturday, 11 April 2020 (3 Days)
Venue : One World Hotel, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya


Module : Operations & Maintenance (Part 1 & 2)
Date : Monday, 13 April 2020 – Wednesday, 15 April 2020 (3 Days)
Venue : One World Hotel, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya


Note: Part 1 and 2 for the 2 modules, Marketing & Leasing and Operations & Maintenance are repeat courses for those who did not manage to participate during the previous occasions. As for Part 3 (Final Part) of the abovesaid modules will be conducted at the same time for participants who have already completed Parts 1 & 2. (A separate schedule/invitation will be forwarded to qualified participants in due course.)


For more information, and to register for the above said courses, please click here.


Press Statement – 2020 Economic Stimulus Package

PPK Malaysia is pleased to take note and congratulate the Malaysian government of taking close cognizance of the current economic scenario, especially on the negative impact that the covid-19 emergency has inflicted on the tourism and related industries including shopping malls.

For more information, please click here.


Precautions for Current World Health Emergency

Safety for all staff, tenants, patrons, visitors and shoppers etc is of primary concern in shopping malls and in view of the current world health emergency, malls have enhanced their on-going efforts to prevent the spread of ncoV locally. Whilst we work with the relevant authorities to alleviate and mitigate the negative effects on the shopping scenario, we look forward to the close cooperation of all members to continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in all malls.

For more details, please click here.




Greetings to all participants ! Thank you for your support and attendance at our recent ENGINEERING SHOPPING MALLS IV seminar and you may now download the speakers’ presentations as below link:

01 TJK – The Current Shopping Mall Scenario

02 ALVIN YAP Internet of Things

03 TAN CHIOO BIN The Challenge of Perfect ACMV Systems for Tenants & Landlords

04 LOO CHEE KIN Flood Abatement for Buildings

05 YL LUM Despicable Me – Operational & Engineering Considerations for Stratified Shopping Malls

06 RAGHIB AZMI – Make Your Lifts & Escalators Young Again

07 PAMY WONG M&E Requirements in Fit Out Designs

08 DING JU LIANG How Does BIM Benefit Shopping Mall Stakeholders

We look forward to meet you again soon during our upcoming events so do check out our website from time to time. Wishing you warm Seasons Greetings and a great start to Year 2020 !




As the world’s most visited city, Bangkok remains the evergreen shopping destination in Asia. Our Study Group of 32 participants visited its vibrant malls from 23-26 September 2019 and had a most fruitful trip, traipsing through 10 shopping malls catering to all types of lifestyles and budget – from trendy and funky malls to the high end, upscale fashion and eclectic malls.

We visited pet-friendly malls where pets had their own club and get their own ‘kiddy-rides’ (!) at Central Festival Eastville to the latest world-class mall with an indoor floating market and river park at IconSiam. Other malls in the visit itinerary included Terminal 21 with its themed washrooms, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Central World, Central Embassy, Emquartier and Emporium. Our grateful thanks to the Bangkok malls who hosted us and gave an insightful briefing on what makes the malls tick ..

Do take a look at our thumbnails of Bangkok Malls here.


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