Festive shopping with a conscience

Shoppers stopping to look at the traditional cookies at Che Sitis stall in SACC Mall during the Festival Ramadan Selangor 2015.

SHAH Alam now resembles Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur as more than 500 traders have set up shop in the city centre during this Ramadan.

The Festival Ramadan Selangor 2015 organised by PKNS Real Estate Sdn Bhd (PREC) together with the Selangor government is being held at SACC Mall and Kompleks PKNS Shah Alam.

Similar Ramadan festivals are also being held at Kompleks PKNS Bangi and Wisma Yakin in Kuala Lumpur.

Themed “Cerita Hari Raya Kita”, the festival aims at providing a comprehensive shopping experience .

Selangor Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Entrepreneur Development chairman Amirudin Shari said other events were also being held to complement the shopping experience.

“We have religious, cultural and social activities in addition to the shopping fiesta. We will also have local artists performing for the benefit of the shoppers,” he added.

Siti Fatimah Diauddin,37, showing her series of 3D cookies, the Flower Hazelnut, and the Alphabet Cookies at her stall called Ema Delights on the First floor
Siti Fatimah Diauddin,37, showing her series of 3D cookies, the Flower Hazelnut, and the Alphabet Cookies at her stall called Ema Delights on the First floor.

Amirudin said this after the pre-launching ceremony at the SACC Mall in Shah Alam last month.

PREC general manager Fakru Radzi Ab Ghani said 20 non-governmental organisations have lined up a comprehensive list of events for the festival.

“We will also highlight issues such as Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Rohingya and autism,” he added.

Fakru said the festival was a way to help traders by providing business opportunities. From children’s outfits to delicately designed kerongsang, shoppers may spend days looking for the perfect Raya ensemble.

There are also cookies, cakes and traditional kuih for buka puasa.

At the Sireh Pinang Boutique on the ground floor of SACC Mall, families looking for matching outfits will not be disappointed.

Sales assistant Kuswati Siswoyo said they had a range of clothes for families looking for identical colours for husband and wife or even matching outfits for their children.

“The family set is made with material such as crepe while the traditional outfits are made from cotton, especially the kurung Pahang,” she added.

Siti Fatimah Diauddin, 37, is offering a range of colourful cookies that are proving popular with customers at her stall called Ema Delights, located on the first floor.

She also sells other delights including almond ketupat, mixed fruit cookies, alphabet cookies and Hello Kitty cookies.

Fatimah’s sister Siti Rahimah Diauddin has a cookie stall nearby called Che’ Siti.

She concentrates more on traditional cookies based on recipes from her mother.

Among the cookies available at her stall are semperit, biskut kelapa, bangkit and biskut batang buruk.

The Festival Ramadan Selangor 2015 is on until July 17.

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