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Is IKEA Malaysia Closing Down All Stores For Good?!

Is IKEA Malaysia closing down all of its stores for good by the end of May 2023?!

Take a look at the viral photo, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : IKEA Malaysia Is Closing Down All Stores For Good!

People are sharing an article screenshot which claims that IKEA Malaysia is closing down all of its stores for good by the end of May 2023! Here are the titles, and my English translation:

IKEA seluruh Malaysia mula ditutup pada akhir bulan Mei 2023. Goodbye

IKEA [stores] across Malaysia will begin to close at the end of May 2023. Goodbye

IKEA Malaysia Akan Ditutup Seluruh Negara Pada Akhir Bulan Mei 2023

IKEA Malaysia Will Be Closed Nationwide At The End Of May 2023

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Truth : IKEA Malaysia Is Not Closing Down Its Stores For Good!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : IKEA Malaysia Closing Stores For 1 Day

First, let me just confirm that IKEA Malaysia is not closing down any of its stores for good.

On May 17, IKEA Malaysia announced that it is closing down all its physical stores, as well as its online check out page, on Tuesday, 30 May 2023, for a system upgrade!

Its online store will still work on 30 May 2023, but you won’t be able to check out / purchase anything on that day.

We are upgrading our systems to serve you better

Both our stores and online check out page will be closed on 30 May 2023, Tuesday.

During the upgrade, you can continue to browse home furnishing inspiration on IKEA.my but will not be able to make payments.

Stay updated with the latest news on our Facebook page: IKEA Malaysia or you can email to customerservice.ikeamy@ikano.asia for further assistance.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you soon.

The official IKEA Malaysia website also has this banner at the top of the page.

IKEA stores and online check out page will be closed on 30 May 2023 for systems upgrade to serve you better.

Both its physical and online stores will reopen on Wednesday, 31 May 2023.

Fact #2 : The Headlines Were Misleading

For some reason, the website that created that article used misleading headlines that suggested that IKEA Malaysia was closing its stores.

The viral photo, in particular, used a misleading headline – IKEA across Malaysia will start closing at the end of May 2023. Why use the phrase “start closing” when IKEA Malaysia was only shutting down for one day?

Fact #3 : The Viral Photo Was Edited

The viral photo was also edited by someone who added the word GOODBYE, to make people believe that IKEA was really closing its stores for good.

Who did that, or why that person did that, is unknown. What is certain is that it helped to make the screenshot go viral.

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Fact #4 : This Is Just WhatsApp Fake News!

This is just another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp. Here are some other examples I fact checked recently:

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IKEA VR Experience For HTC Vive Launched

April 5th 2016 – For the last couple of years IKEA has explored new technology as a way to improve the offer and empower customers. In this context, IKEA has tried different digital tools and identified virtual reality as one of the ways to move forward. The launch of IKEA VR Experience is one of the steps taken within this field. It is a virtual kitchen made to appear to the user in real world size.

“Virtual reality is developing fast and in five to ten years it will be an integrated part of people’s lives. We see that virtual reality will play a major role in the future of our customers, for instance it could be used to enable customers to try out a variety of home furnishing solutions before buying them,” says Jesper Brodin, managing director at IKEA of Sweden and Range & Supply Manager at IKEA Group.

One of the features of IKEA VR Experience is the possibility to change the color of cabinets and drawers with a click. Another feature is the ability to shrink yourself and move around the kitchen in the size of a 3.3 foot (100 cm) tall child. You can also enlarge yourself and experience it as 6.4 feet (195 cm) tall. These features will be useful from a safety perspective, since walking around the room in someone else’s shoes enables you to discover hidden dangers.

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“We also see IKEA VR Experience as an opportunity to co-create with people all around the world. We hope that users will contribute to our virtual reality development, by submitting ideas on how to use virtual reality and how to improve the virtual kitchen,” says Martin Enthed, IT Manager for IKEA Communications, the in-house communication agency at IKEA of Sweden.

The app has been made in collaboration with developers at the French company Allegorithmic, using Unreal Engine 4 from Epic Games, and has been developed for HTC Vive – a first of its kind, award winning, virtual reality system created by HTC and Valve.

IKEA VR Experience will be continuously updated until August when this particular pilot test ends.


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