PENANG: The second day of the Star Property and Home Fair 2006 at the Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) yesterday attracted thousands of people.
Many came before the fair opened at 11am. The crowd later swelled towards the afternoon.
Visitors from the mainland and Kedah, Perak and Perlis took advantage of the weekend break to check out bargains at the fair.
State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Lau Chiek Tuan said the fair allowed buyers and investors to buy quality and affordable homes.
Lau led a state MCA delegation to the fair yesterday. The delegation consisted of Air Putih assemblymen Datuk Lye Siew Weng, Komtar assemblyman Lim Gim Soon, Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lee Hack Teik, MCA state treasurer Datuk Ma Kok Ben, Penang Municipal councillors Ooi Siaw Kok and Teh Chin Beng and Batu Kawan MCA division chairman Tan Lee Huat.
Lau, who commended The Star for holding the fair, said it also enabled Malaysians working overseas to buy property for retirement and investment.
On hand to brief the delegation were The Star regional associate editor K.Y. Pung and office manager Chin Yin Foo.
Among visitors at the fair were engineer Abdul Muhsien Yaakob, 33, and his wife Rohana Sedik, 34, a teacher, of Seberang Prai.
We bought a house on the mainland last year. We came over to the fair today, hoping to find an apartment somewhere around Bayan Baru or Bukit Jambul, said Abdul Muhsien.
Dutch retiree Gary Kooper, 57, was looking for another condominium in Tanjung Bungah.
He bought a unit, also in Tanjung Bungah, under the Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme two years ago.
The fair allowed me to see whats new on the property market.
I bought a home here because for me the sea is the main attraction besides the weather and food, Kooper said.
Consultant Low Ming Hua, 29, and his fiancee Ooi Hooi Li, 28, an engineer, were more than happy after booking a RM300,000 condominium unit in Bukit Gambier.
Low, who already owns a condominium, said he was buying another unit for investment.
Ideal Homes Properties marketing executive Yip Yee Vonne said the company sold RM4mil worth of property on the first da
We are aiming to sell property worth RM20mil, she said.
HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad assistant sales manager Eileen Tan said more people signed up for loans this time with the bank than last year.
Today Sunday Star columnist and author T. Selva will talk on Indian Feng Shui Vasthu Sastra (12pm - 1.30pm), followed by Citibanks Chris Tan who will talk on Innovative FlexiHome Loans: The Unfair Advantage (1.30pm 2.30pm).
Author Azizi Ali will talk on Win-ning at Property Auction (2.30pm 4pm), Ernst & Youngs Leong Hoo Chuan will talk on Real Property Gain Tax - Overview (4pm - 5pm) and BYG Architectures Michael Ong will talk on Value-Adding Trends of Planning in Property Development A Buyers Guide (5pm - 6pm).
The fair is from 11am to 9pm. Admission is free.