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Wednesday October 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday October 16, 2013 MYT 7:17:43 AM
by josephine jalleh
Customers looking for the best deals in Little India, Klang.
GEORGE TOWN: With Deepavali just two weeks away, Little India here is packed with shoppers seeking the best bargains in clothing, material, jewellery and other accessories.
Some of the traders even brought out displays of their merchandise to the pavement outside their shops to attract customers, and their shops were packed with not only locals but also tourists.
Umayal Textiles proprietor G.P. Asok Kumar said his outlet in Market Street had its share of shoppers.
“Customers had started coming since early this month to buy and order custom-made clothes.
“Business is about the same as this period last year,” he said, adding that he was not sure if business would pick up further as Deepavali, which falls on Nov 2, approaches.
Anita Sarees Centre proprietor M.P. Alagarsamy said he had regular customers frequenting his shop, which has been open for the past 23 years, for high-quality material sold at reasonable prices.
He, however, said his business suffered a 30% drop in sales, claiming that it was due to the Penang International Indian Shopping Festival 2013 which was held in August at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“Last year, I had more than 150 customers coming in per day around two weeks before Deepavali. Now it is around 100,” he said at his shop in Penang Street yesterday.
It was reported that on July 16, more than 1,000 shops in Little India enclaves nationwide shut their doors for a day in protest over the festival (formerly known as the Global Indian Festival, GIF), which had been affecting their revenue the past few years.
The GIF is also held in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru annually.
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