Construction work has started on Tesco's first hypermarket in Malaysia with an opening scheduled for the first half of next year. Tesco international director Gordon Fryett said "five or six" more stores were in the pipeline for Malaysia next year, with long-term plans for up to 20 stores. The Asian business is growing rapidly, with a third store in Taiwan opening in December and two pilot Tesco Express forecourt stores opening in Thailand in the next couple of months as part of a trial with Esso. {{NEWS }}