Shop ‘til you drop at Malaysia’s super salesBy Asian Correspondent Oct 03, 2012 5:31PM UTC
By Joe Worthington
EACH and every year Malaysia hosts country-wide shopping sales during which some of the most popular shopping items are sold for up to 50% below their regular retail price. The next big one to look forward to on Malaysia’s impressive shopping calendar is the M-Yes End of Year Sale.
The Southeast Asian country of Malaysia may be famous for its 452 metre Petronas Twin Towers or its religious site at the Batu Caves, but the annual M-Yes sale cannot be overlooked. This year the sale runs from November 10 to January 1 2013 and is a veritable haven for bargain hunters. So if you’re in Malaysia for your winter break, it is the perfect opportunity to stock up on bargains.
If you are planning a Malaysia summer holiday instead, don’t worry. The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival runs for most of the summer months and also offers bargains galore.
The ‘1Malaysia’ brand name is an initiative that was founded by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in September 2010 in order to emphasise national unity and ethnic harmony between the many races and peoples within the country through a number of yearly initiatives. The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival initiative was founded so that along with generating much needed income for the Malaysian economy, the many different people would unite through the art of shopping.
Throughout Malaysia, most notably the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, it becomes obvious that the sale event is taking place from the moment you step off the plane. There are large posters at the roadside advertising it, at every bank dealing with MasterCard it is advertised, festivals and cars with loudhailers drive past blaring out messages about the sales, and most impressively is that the shopping malls are absolutely full with Asians, Europeans, and Americans shopping their hearts out.
One of the highlights so far of the mega sale carnival this year has been that at the Queensbay Mall in Penang State. The theme was Roman and the staff and hired promotional actors all dressed as Roman noble women and gladiators, but with a Mega Sale twist. The clothing and props were actually branded items such as MOG Eyewear, tote bags, and Emporio Armani sandals, in other words offering a small taster of the items available for purchase during the sales. It was quite clever of the organisers to incorporate this with a little bit of theatre.
Throughout the sales carnival at the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur there is a special offer up for grabs for the first 100 spenders on sale items every day. Each of the 100 first spenders receives a balloon which they will pop and there will be a prize inside, anything ranging up to the value of RM10,000 in shopping vouchers. Never has there been a better way to entice people to shop!
Furniture for the home and office, bedding products including actual beds, cabinets and wardrobes, tables ranging from dining tables to work desks, kitchenware such as kettles and cutlery, wallpapers and decorating items, and so many more products from brands including Berlina, Emporio Armani, Samsonite luggage, tote bags, and MOG eyewear will all be on sale in most shops in the major shopping malls throughout Malaysia.
Of course we all know about the severe weight restrictions on luggage that is held both in the cabin and in the aircraft hold when flying, but the savings that can be made when shopping in the country will most certainly outweigh the costs of excess luggage, flight tickets, and hotels for the duration of the stay. No other country hosts a shopping sale as large or as popular as the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and since 2010 the sale has just expanded more and more making it a definite must see experience. So why not travel to Malaysia and see what great deals and wallet-bursting savings you can make before it all ends for this year?
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About the author…
Joe Worthington (UK)
Joe Worthington is a multi-published travel & political writer and editor who has had work published in various high profile magazines, websites, and travel guides, including inflight magazines, tourism board websites, and world heritage publications. He is always on the lookout for new work opportunities and loves to travel whenever he has the opportunity to do so. You can find more of his writing at Travel With Joe Magazine.