UPSET:Cafe operators at BB Plaza upset with UDA Holdings for cutting off their electricity supply without notice
THE electricity supply that was cut off at two cafes early yesterday morning in BB Plaza had the business operators fuming as all their refrigerated food had gone bad.
The operators called the act irresponsible as they were not given a notice other than the notice to cease operations on Saturday.
The fact that Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Minister for Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, representing the Prime Minister, was to have a discussion with all BB Plaza tenants and MRT Corp tomorrow at 3pm, further fuelled their anger as they believed their tenancy issue was not finalised.
Gloria Jean's cafe operator Mohd Nasir Mohd Rashid said it was not appropriate for UDA Holdings to cut off their electricity supply.
"When I called an UDA representative over this matter, she was curt when she replied that she had received orders from the higher management," said Nasir.
He said regardless of UDA's plans, it still had to respect the Prime Minister's orders, which was to listen to their woes first tomorrow.
Nasir also said that he couldn't tell his 20 employees to pack up and leave as they need to be compensated too.
"What can we do for our employees when our compensation for moving out of BB Plaza has not been discussed?" he asked.
Nasir said the business is servicing two loans, which it would still have to pay even when the outlet ceases operations.
"We want MRT Corp to issue a letter of guarantee to our loan settled."
He said the outlet makes about RM60,000 a month in sales.
An MRT Corp official when contacted earlier on compensation refused to comment on the matter.
BB Plaza, which was opened in 1979, has to make way for the building of a MRT station. The building will be demolished by the end of the year.
UDA property management senior vice-president Syed Ahmad Nazri Syed Kamaruzaman had said the building's entrance would be closed by September, with sidewalk cafes to go first.
UDA had earlier said that it may ask for RM474 million (include compensation for tenants) from MRT Corp in order to let go of the 33-year-old building.