He could be referring to Grab and Foodpanda, but don’t take our word for it – we can’t be sure
Ameer, who is also president of the Bumiputera Retailers Organisation and vice president of the Malaysia Retail Association, touted the positive effects of brick-and-mortar retail on the ecosystem of the local economy.
“What goes with e-commerce is not the same with what goes with real retail brick-and-mortar. Because when you go shopping, you go for a drink, you walk around, you take a cab… You know, the whole supply chain, the whole country moves,” he explained.
In the same interview, he also made the bold claim that e-commerce would never be viable in the long term for any country. He also believes that, while e-commerce will always be around, it’ll only be a small part of the economy “everywhere in the world.”
As weird as this might sound, it should be noted that Mydin does sell its products online through e-commerce platform Shopee. Not only that, the company has also just added the support for ShopeePay e-wallet.