Big crowd but many empty booths at car free morn

Need for improvement: A trader suggests that the Seberang Prai Car-Free Morning be held more than just once a month along Jalan Todak 2 in Seberang Jaya, Butterworth.

A HUGE crowd turned up at the monthly Seberang Prai Car-Free Morning to take part in a series of activities in Penang.

They had a good time sweating it out during the senamrobik session and a quiz session on the ‘makan sampai habis’ (eat till it’s finished) food-saving campaign.

Some 480 cyclists also made a stopover at the event held along Jalan Todak 2 (near Sunway Carnival Shopping Mall). The road was closed from 6am to noon on Sunday.

Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) secretary Rozali Mohamud said the public turnout was in fact more that the first Car-Free Day held last month.

“The turnout was good. But many stall operators did not show up despite booking the booths earlier.

“We are coming up with ways to publicise the event, such as putting up more buntings next month.

“We will create more activities to ensure visitors can stay until the end of the event,” he said when contacted.

Organised by MPSP, the monthly event, held on the first Sunday of each month, is meant to reduce the number of cars on the roads.

MPSP president Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif had said the event was also in line with the state government’s Go Green initiative.

Meanwhile, trader Chai Chong Yi, 28, said business was slow throughout the day.

“I think people are not fully aware of such an event,” said the jigsaw puzzles seller when met at his stall.

Another trader Razneel Rakhizi, 22, said the event should be held more often instead of just once a month.

“Right now it’s only held once a month, therefore not many visitors might be able to follow the event.

“We hope to see more regular customers coming back to us,” said Razneel, who sells soap and personal hygiene products.

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