SMALL TRADERS BENEFIT TREMENDOUSLY VIA INDIAN SHOPPING CARNIVALS

12 Jul 2013 11:19

GEORGE TOWN, July 12 (Bernama) -- Indian shopping carnivals and trade fairs have benefited many local traders, particularly small businesses, to promote their products, according to local traders involved such carnivals.

Its representative, Elakumanan Pillai, said the carnival was a strategic and cheapest platform for local exhibitors to sell and promote the products, not only for the Indian community but also Malays and Chinese, as well as foreigners.

"Small businesses like ours, are unable to take up shops in Little India as they are very expensive, and monopolised by certain groups of shop owners. We are unable to conduct our businesses as we cannot cough up with a large sum of money to take up the shop lots.

"Thus, Indian shopping carnivals are ideal for us. They are the easiest and cheapest avenue where all products are placed under one roof," he told reporters here today.

He said this in response to the Malaysian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (Micci) allegation that many local Indian traders suffered substantial losses resulting from Indian shopping carnivals and trade fairs nationwide.

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