Malaysia Today Editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin is now a proud Malaysian kopitiam owner-operator in Greater Manchester. His kopitiam Gossip On Broadway, has been on operation since 8 August. Coincidentally, that is the day Muslims in the UK celebrated Eidul Fitri.
It is located on 2 Broadway, New Moston, Manchester M40 3LN. Its north west of Manchester, near Oldham.
Raja Petra has been living in Oldham, Greater Manchester since fleeing the country since March 2009. He was then on trial since 6 October 2008, in a criminal case of four charges for sedition and criminal defamation. The charges were brought upon him after a series of investigations to an SD he made on 18 June 2008 against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s wife Datin Sri Rosmah Mansor pertaining to the gruesome murder of Mongolian national Altantuyaa Shaaribuu.
The SD was first made known into the public domain on 20 June 2008 here in this blog.
The member of the Royal Selangor extended family told us last year about this kopitiam project. Then, it was targeted for operations in April 2013. However, technical delays postponed the operation till last week.
When contacted, Raja Petra told us that Gossip On Broadway has been very well received by the local community. The kopitiam is serving the typical Malaysian everyday favourites. The more popular dishes are Satay, Rendang and Roti Canai and Dhal. He also told us the investment for the kopitiam is GBP 160,000.
Raja Petra also said that three of his sons are running the place.
We wish Raja Petra and his family all the best in their new venture. Let us hope this is the sort of gossip which will bring pride to the effort of introducing common Malaysian culinary to the Brits. Especially in the North West England area.