Nasi Kandar Pelita Is No Longer Selling Cigarettes At All Outlets Nationwide

It was officially announced on 16 January.

Cover image via Pelita

Malaysia's largest nasi kandar restaurant chain Pelita has officially stopped selling cigarettes at all outlets nationwide since 16 January

According to New Straits Times, Pelita's executive director Datuk K. K. Sihabutheen said that the move was in support of the nation's smoking ban at all eateries, which began on 1 January.

He added that with the ban in place, there was no point of selling cigarettes at their now no-smoking areas.

The cigarette sales at Pelita's 28 restaurants will completely end by the middle of next year, as the contract with their supplier is still ongoing

"All Pelita restaurants are now smoke-free and we are also not selling cigarettes anymore. It was a friendly termination (of the agreement) and no compensation was required," Sihabutheen was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

He admitted that though there has been a slight decline in sales since the smoking ban, customers have been appreciative of their new decision to stop cigarette sales

Sihabutheen revealed that Pelita had been selling RM300,000 worth of cigarettes per month at all its outlets.

"(But) cigarettes are (a bonus). It is not our core business," he added, according to the report.

Sihabutheen remains optimistic that they will be supported in this new move.

"We are confident we will have the support of our customers as most of them want a smoke-free area," he was quoted as saying by The Star.

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