Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia

There are times that I wonder if some of you out there has your own preference in choosing the place where to get your food supplies and groceries. When I was still staying in Labuan, my parents always brought me to Milimewah or Labuan Supermarket to buy the daily goods that we wanted. Now, as I'm staying in Petaling Jaya, I prefer to go to Tesco for its cheaper value goods. I guess some of you might prefer other hypermarket like Jusco, Carrefour, Giant, MyDin Cold Storage etc..

In this entry, I will not be talking about a new or current hypermarket which you can find in Klang Valley but it is about this new mini mart which is called the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia. It's a new project supported by the government to supply goods with lower price than the one that you can find in any hypermarket. They labelled themselves as a convenience store but I believe not many of this store has is yet to be opened widely in Klang Valley.

Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia located inside the Kelana Jaya LRT station.

I found that the government idea's of opening this store in LRT station was a really smart move since they do not need to put so much effort in advertising and marketing just to draw the crowd to go the store and purchase their goods. Somehow I believe it does affect some of the business which has been running even before this Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia has been establish there.

Walking towards the exit of the station, you'll found 7 Eleven and Guardian on your right and right in front of you while the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia is downstair.

So what do they actually sell in this newly established Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia?
They do offer almost the same thing just like any other convenience store like 99 Speedmart, KK Super Mart etc but they might have a wider range of goods thanks to the 1Malaysia branding of goods.

The price for every 1Malaysia branding of goods are way cheaper compared to any other brand. Why is so? I guess since the government is supporting this project, so most probably they waived the tax or with other kinds of manner just to make sure that the prices will be way cheaper.

So how cheap is cheaper?

Let's say, a bottle of Kimball Chili Sauce selling for RM2.40 and Life Chili Sauce, one of the lower quality brand selling for RM1.80 and guess how much this 1Malaysia Chili Sauce selling for?
It's only RM1.50! OMG... that's 30cents cheaper so it's really really cheap but I really have no idea how it will taste like. It won't taste very bad-lah!

So is this one of the government's tactic to fish for more votes for the next election?
I didn't get to buy all the things that I wanted in this store and I think they put too many of the 1Malaysia branding products in the store and customers has no choice but to buy them instead of the brand that they desired. Plus their 1Malaysia packaging looks really awful, maybe that's how they actually can cut the production cost. I also found that their shopping basket is very dirty, I can see all the black colored dirt at the bottom of each basket and that makes me disgusted to even to pick it up. There's only one thing I can compliment about this store is that they have 2 active payment counter and the staff working there were quite efficient.

By the way, Kelana Jaya LRT station provide free shutter bus to One Utama for every One Card holder. I think Ikano Power Center or IKEA is doing the same too but need to go across the road through the pedestrian bridge to wait for the shutter bus.

In conclusion, I still prefer to go to 99 Speedmart which is pretty near my house - walking distance only. Their goods prices are slightly more expensive than Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia or even to some hypermarket but I can save more money and time from driving out and to look for a parking lot.

As for the most important reason is, they sell booze and pork! 
That's why they OWN Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia. For those who are interested or curious about the store, you can check out the address and location map below. Have fun shopping! :)

Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia
Kj14 Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong, 
47300 Petaling Jaya, Kelana Jaya

*All photos taken with Sony Ericsson W890i

.: Peace Out :.


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