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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!

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IKEA Cheras : Closed After Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

IKEA just closed their Cheras store after multiple employees and service partners there tested positive for COVID-19!

Find out what happened, and if you should be concerned!


IKEA Cheras : Multiple COVID-19 Cases!

On 25 January 2021, IKEA closed their Cheras store after several security guards there tested positive for COVID-19.

On 19 February, IKEA announced that multiple employees and service partners at their Cheras store tested positive for COVID-19.

The affected employees and service partners last worked between 8 and 14 February, and are now under self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

Their employees who were in close contact with the affected co-workers and service partners have already been placed under home quarantine, and have completed their COVID-19 swab tests.

IKEA closed their Cheras store on 19 February 2021 for cleaning and sanitisation, and for full contact tracing.


IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Exposure : Official Statement

Here is the official statement by IKEA on their Cheras Mall store COVID-19 exposure.

IKEA Malaysia, 19 Feb 2021: Following one of our scheduled routine tests at our Cheras store, we are sad to announce we have confirmed Covid-19 positive cases involving our co-workers and service partners. Their last working days were between 8 – 14 Feb 2021. All co-workers are now in self-quarantine until further notice from the authorities.

The health, safety and overall well-being of our co-workers, customers, partners, and community is our top priority. Therefore, we are taking precautionary measures to close our Cheras store on 19 Feb 2021 to undergo the necessary sanitisation and full contact tracing in accordance to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) standards.

All our co-workers who were in close contact have already been placed on home quarantine and completed Covid-19 swab tests. Customers who have further enquiries or need more information, please call MOH’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Center’s (CPRC) hotline: 03-8881 0200/0600/0700.

We are working closely with the authorities and will act on their advice. We have and will continue to carry out all necessary safety measures including replacement of co-workers, contact tracing, swab tests, quarantine for all close contacts and sanitisation.

The fight against Covid-19 pandemic is a shared responsibility. Let’s do our part by supporting and following the Government’s directions to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Stay safe and take care


IKEA Cheras COVID-19 Cases : What’s The Risk?

Anyone who shopped at IKEA Cheras on or before 14 February 2021, should be wary and self-quarantine if possible.

The risk will be low if both the affected guards and all customers wore face masks, and maintained physical distance.

The Ministry of Health will be conducting contact tracing for all positive cases, and those identified as close contacts will be asked to self-quarantine and get tested.

Let this be a reminder why it is critical that you wear a face mask in public at all times – they greatly reduce the risk of infection.

You should also maintain good hand hygiene by cleaning with soap and water, or a hand sanitiser.

COVID-19 is easily destroyed by soap, so even a simple cleaning operation will definitely clean the store of any infectious particles, albeit only temporarily.


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Xiaomi And IKEA To Bring Smart Homes To Consumers!

Xiaomi and IKEA will bring smart homes to consumers in China. Find out what this means for the future of smart homes!


Xiaomi And IKEA Bring Smart Homes To Users!

Xiaomi and Ikea In Connectivity

IKEA’s full range of smart lighting products will be connected to Xiaomi IoT platform and be controlled via Xiaomi products. This includes Xiao Ai voice assistant and the Mi Home app.

The lights can also be paired to other Xiaomi IoT smart devices such as sensors and electrical appliances for smart scene management. The smart lighting products will be connected to Mi Control Hub through the ZigBee protocol.

Xiaomi And IKEA In Smart Homes

This is the first time that Ikea has partnered with a Chinese technology company. Xiaomi IoT platform has connected more than 132 million smart devices (excluding mobile phones and laptops), and has more than 20 million daily active devices in more than 200 countries and regions around the world.

Anna Pawlak-Kuliga, CEO and president of IKEA Retail China believes the partnership will enable both companies to serve customers worldwide with smarter solutions at home.

“IKEA and Xiaomi share very similar values and I believe our cooperation will accelerate the development of the smart home industry across the world.”said Fan Dian, General Manager of the IoT platform department of Xiaomi.

Xiaomi + Third Party Developers

Since the inaugural MIDC conference in 2017, Xiaomi has been developing initiatives for developers to take advantage of the opportunities in AI and IoT. The Xiaomi IoT Developer Program was first launched last year to third-party developers access to the Mi Home platform for controlling smart home scenarios with cloud + AI + big data capabilities.

Xiaomi continues to open up AIoT possibilities by announcing that it will invest RMB 100 million to build the “Xiaomi AIoT Developer Fund”, which will be used to support AI developers, hardware equipment manufacturers and AI technology companies.


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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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