Online sale to ease burden

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad looking at some household products being sold at a discount during the launch of Jualan Makmur Johor at his office in Kota Iskandar. Looking on is Dr Chong (behind Hasni).

JOHOR BARU: The state government is hoping to help at least 40,000 people get household items via an online mega sale that started yesterday.

Johor unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fat Full said about RM790,000 worth of vouchers would be allocated for this project dubbed Jualan Makmur Johor.

“In the past, we usually have at least two mega sales offering huge discounts on items.

“However, we are unable to rent a huge venue and attract crowds because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“So, we have decided to take the sale online this time and offer dozens of household products such as foodstuff, personal care items, detergent and even baby diapers, ” he said in an interview.

Each shopper who bought RM60 worth of household items, he said, would automatically get a RM20 discount voucher.

“This means the individual only pays RM40 for their purchase and this translates to about 30% in discounts, ” he said, adding that the online platform would absorb the delivery charges.

However, Dr Chong added that discount vouchers of RM20 would only be given to locals who bought household items and get them delivered to addresses in Johor.

“We will not give out vouchers to people who buy luxury items, electrical items or even pet food, ” he said, adding that each purchaser was entitled to only one coupon as it was to prevent business people from buying items in bulk.

Dr Chong said the initiative was timely, especially for Johoreans who needed to stock up on household items to prepare for Deepavali next month.

“We hope Johoreans will take advantage of this online sale, which is expected to last for about a month, ” he said.

Dr Chong added that if the project was a success, he would not hesitate proposing to the state government to organise similar online sales a few times a year.

“If people can get good discounts on their household items without having to go out, especially during this pandemic, why not have more of such sales, ” he said.

He said most of the products offered online were locally produced.

“We hope this sale will also help local businesses thrive as we want to encourage more businesses to market their products online, ” he said, adding that those interested in making a purchase, can log on to

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