JOHOR BARU: The annual Johor Jaya Chinese New Year bazaar will be turned into a mini Chinese new village this year to provide a more festive atmosphere for visitors to do shopping.
The 24-hour bazaar, which is said to be the biggest Chinese New Year bazaar in the state, with more than 80 traders selling items like fresh flowers, apparels, cookies, tit-bits and decorative items, said event coordinator Tan Tuan Peng.
Tan, who is also Johor Baru Central Municipal Council (MPJBT) councillor, said that the 27-day bazaar starting from Jan 23 to Chinese New Year eve (Feb 18), was expected to rake in RM4mil in turnover.
He said that the 800m stretch along Jalan Dedap 13 and the alley of Jalan Dedap 17 would also be decorated with two temporary arches at both ends of the road to create a Chinese new village feel.
“We hope to attract more visitors to the bazaar for their Chinese New Year shopping as well as tourists from Singapore to the annual event,” he said, adding that visitors would be treated to performances and shows on weekends at the bazaar’s stage.
He said that this year’s bazaar was in collaboration with MPJBT and the Pasir Gudang Parliament Federation of Non-Governmental Organisations to ensure that the bazaar runs more systematically and is organised compared to before.
“This was our bid to solve problems where illegal traders set up makeshift stalls to sell their goods in previous years as well as public fights between the legal and illegal traders due to the matter,” he told a press conference here on Jan 13.
Tan said with just RM5,000 rental fees, each trader would get a temporary licence, booths with canvas and publicity materials provided by the organiser to make the bazaar more systematic.
“We will also make sure that the items sold at the bazaar will not clash with those sold in the wet market next to it to ensure that everybody can enjoy equal business opportunities during the festive season,” he added.
He also said that 70% of the income from the rentals would be channelled to the federation’s fund for future Chinese festivals and events while the remaining would go to the council’s fund.
Traders interested to participate in the bazaar can contact the event’s secretary Siti Suhaila Osman at 07-3535742 or 012-7405 111.