Showcase of Balakong offerings draws 3,000

Wong (eighth from left) and Syahredzan (fifth from left) at the BICA Fiesta with C180 venue sponsor Proservice Property Management director Ooi Hoay Ling (second from left), MPKj councillors Dickson Tan (right) and Suzanah Hanim Wong (third from right) as well as vendors. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

The Balakong Industrial, Culture and Art (BICA) Fiesta showcased some of the Selangor township’s homegrown businesses that have became part of its identity.

The one-day event held at Dataran C180, Balakong, saw about 90 vendors exhibiting their products with nine being factory owners and manufacturers based here.

Balakong assemblyman Wong Siew Ki , who attended the event with Bangi MP Syahredzan Johan, said the fiesta was a spin-off from the Balakong Industrial Tourism programme.

“Many people know that Balakong is a factory area with manufacturing capabilities and we hope this event can further promote the area’s industrial tourism sector.

“We are also trying to promote other aspects such as the arts and culture as well as the delectable food of the township,” she said, adding that the event welcomed about 3,000 visitors.

Syahredzan was glad to see the fiesta was well-received.

“In the Bangi constituency, there are a lot of townships known for their special offerings.

“For example, Kajang is known for its heritage as it is an old town while Sungai Ramal has many universities.

“People might think that Balakong is just an industrial area but it is much more than that,” he said during his speech at the event.

A total of 15 service counters from various government agencies such as the Social Security Organisation and Kajang Municipal Council were also set up at the fiesta.

The other stalls promoted food and beverages as well as arts and crafts.

One of the brands was So Young which specialises in soymilk products.

Founder Ronald Te started the business in March 2020.

“In the beginning, we were only selling soy milk desserts but during the movement control order, we expanded our menu.

“We use Canada-imported non-genetically modified organism (GMO) soybeans for our soymilk for a richer and more nutritious taste,” he said.

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