Saturday August 18, 2012
Last-minute Raya rush
By JOSEPHINE JALLEH and K.T. GOH
firstname.lastname@example.org Photos by K.T. GOH and LIM BENG TATT
WET markets, shopping malls and supermarkets on Penang island are buzzing with last-minute shoppers preparing for Hari Raya.
Shoppers were seen buying festive necessities such as vegetables, meat and fruits at the market complex in Bayan Baru, making the place twice as lively.
Some were still busy picking out the right baju kurung and baju Melayu to wear when they receive visitors to their homes.
Muslims and non-Muslims were also seen flocking to shopping malls and supermarkets to take advantage of the discounts.
Spotted at Sunshine Square in Bayan Baru yesterday was Noor Eiziana Akbar, 28, who came with her mother and younger sister.
Noor Eiziana, who works with the Inland Revenue Board, said the family had set aside some money to buy clothes, food and decorative items for Hari Raya.
“Today we are shopping for decorative items and clothes.
“Tomorrow, we are going to the market to buy food items.
“Like every other year, we are inviting relatives and friends to our house in Sungai Nibong,” she said.
Also at the supermarket was Yahaya Ishak, 50, who came with his three daughters all the way from Teluk Kumbar to shop for clothes.
“Their school holiday started a few days ago and I’m now free to take them out shopping,” he said.
Sunshine Wholesale Mart Sdn Bhd advertising and design team leader Bryan Wong said shoppers could enjoy discounts of up to 70% at the supermarket which will remain open throughout the holiday.
“We expect more shoppers to come in so we are prepared to have enough manpower such as cashiers, promoters and security personnel,” he said.
He added that those who spent above RM50 could participate in a lucky draw.
Gama Supermarket & Depart- mental Store advertising and promotion manager Evelyn Wong said the supermarket’s opening hours would be extended until 10.30pm today.
“We anticipate more visitors, especially those from other states, to patronise the shopping centre which offers discounts of up to 70%,” she said.
Over at 1st Avenue Mall, special stage performances will be held in conjunction with Hari Raya to entertain shoppers.
Its advertising and promotions senior executive Cheong Sook Yeng said the Puteri Gunung Ledang Musical would be held at 4pm today.
The P. Ramlee Musical will be held at 4pm tomorrow.