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Supermarkets in Malaysia

By on June 15, 2015 in Malaysia

Admittedly this is a rather small study, with a small sample size, but whilst living in Malaysia I have primarily used three supermarket chains.

Mydin – Popular and cheap with usually terrible service and huge queues at the checkout. Generally good for fruit and vegetables, not so good for meat, but fish is generally OK. May not be great for milk, and usually has no cheese. Mydin is a Muslim run company so no pork products or alcohol (unless you count mouth wash). Also, it does clothes and household goods. When leaving keep your receipt handy as on exit they may wish to stamp it. Not really sure why they do this.

Tesco – Better service than Mydin, with typically shorter checkout queues. Again, does clothes and household goods. Fruit, veg, meat and fish not great. I tended to use Tesco for bulky ‘dry’ goods. Does do beer and pork. Better range of goods than Mydin. Does have supply issues with some products vanishing for months on end.

Aeon/Jusco – Supply issues. Alcohol and pork products available. Annoyingly they stick bits of ‘sold’ tape all over your purchases as you leave, and also seal the tops of your plastic bags with the tape. No idea why they do this. Queues are generally bad as the store management seems to have no idea about staff manning tills during busy periods. The image below shows a typical chaotic scene at the supermarket.

Queueing at Aeon/Jusco - if only they had a few more people on the tills....

Queueing at Aeon/Jusco – if only they had a few more people on the tills….

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