KL Tower revolving restaurant shut down after court order

22 Dec 2023 06:30pm
Kuala Lumpur Tower. - Photo from 123RF.
Kuala Lumpur Tower. - Photo from 123RF.

KUALA LUMPUR - Kuala Lumpur Tower Sdn Bhd (MKLSB) has clarified the circumstances surrounding the eviction of a well-known 'revolving' restaurant, stating that it occurred after the expiration of the lease agreement in June.

In a media statement, MKLSB explained that Asian Kitchen (M) Sdn Bhd (AKSB) had previously entered into an agreement to operate its business, including Atmosphere 360 and Café 360, with MKLSB.

The contract was set to conclude on Dec 31, 2022.

Two months prior to the contract's end date on Oct 10 of the same year, MKLSB provided early notice to AKSB that the lease would not be renewed.

MKLSB mentioned that AKSB subsequently requested an extension of the lease, and MKLSB agreed, allowing the company to continue operations until June 30.

However, on June 9, AKSB filed an injunction to prevent MKLSB from enforcing its rights as the owner.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court rejected the application on June 27.

"Even though AKSB violated the law on July 1, MKLSB did not disrupt the operations and management of Atmosphere 360 and Café 360," they said.

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MKLSB stressed that all actions taken to address the leasing issue were in accordance with existing laws and procedures.

They clarified that media reports about the court issuing a writ of possession, seizure, and sale to cease the operations of Atmosphere 360 and Café 360 were somewhat inaccurate.

"MKLSB deeply regrets the incident yesterday, as it caused discomfort to visitors from both inside and outside the country.

"However, we are pleased to inform you that the entire KL Tower is operating as usual," they added.

It was reported that the famous 'revolving' restaurant ceased operations following a court order to vacate the premises by the High Court.

According to the restaurant's staff, they were given two weeks until Jan 4 next year to vacate, as informed by MKLSB's lawyer, owned by Hydroshoppe Sdn Bhd.

On April 5, Hydroshoppe and one of its directors faced charges in two separate Sessions Courts for allegedly offering a bribe to expedite the process of taking over the management and administration of the KL Tower concession.

Hydroshoppe Director Datuk Abdul Hamid Shaikh Abdul Razak Shaikh pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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