Family finds sweet reward in ice cream


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 May 2004

BY LEE YUK PENG AND AW BEE KIM

MALACCA: They won RM100,000 to shop “like billionaires.” All they had was just eight hours to spend all the shopping money, so they grabbed whatever they saw fit in shops. 

For Madalita Santos and her husband, Ng Kek Chye, it started off with their eating ice cream to redeem points for small gifts like shampoo and soft toys in the Wall’s ice cream Durian Runtuh contest. 

But on April 17, Madalita, 38, struck it big when she won RM100,000. 

Ng, Madalita and son Chee Wai showing their joy over the windfall after relating their experience to the press in Malacca on Thursday.

Four days later, she and Ng, 42, were rushing from one outlet to another in Kuala Lumpur to grab whatever they wanted. 

They were given eight hours to complete the task of spending RM10,000 at Adidas Apparels in KL Sentral, RM10,000 at Watchshoppe Timepiece in Mid Valley, RM20,000 at Habib Jewellery in Ampang, RM20,000 on furniture at Homelife in Mid Valley, and RM20,000 on Phillips electrical products and another RM20,000 on other electrical products at Sen Q Home Appliance in Seri Kembangan. 

“I think even a billionaire does not shop like that. I felt like a king,” said Ng, who runs a perfume shop, on Thursday. 

“I picked the items without referring to the price tags and made no bargains. I was so afraid I would run out of time,” he said. 

For Madalita, the occasion was “thrilling and exciting.” 

“We were treated like VVIPs and we did not expect all these,” she said. 

Ng, who had been in the electrical business for more than 15 years, said past experience helped him identify good electrical items. 

Among others, the couple took home microwave ovens, coffeemakers, washing machines, hotpots, food processors, a bedroom set, coffee tables, a wardrobe, jewellery, sofa sets, TVs, 10 bags of Adidas apparel, diamond rings, bracelets, pendants, Mont Blanc pens and Rado watches. 

Madalita said that of all the items they obtained she liked the Plasma TV the most as it was what her four-year-old son wanted. 

In the contest that will run until June 15, each Wall’s ice cream container lid and wrapper carries a number of points. 

Accumulate up to 200 points and one is entitled to a scratch card available at over 300 participating redemption centres. 

Everyone who gets a scratch card will win something but only seven will win the RM100,000 shopping fest. 

“We will continue to eat Wall’s ice cream. It’s delicious. Who knows, we might strike again,” said Ng.  

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