IPOH: UDA Holdings Berhad has managed to record a total sales of RM7.8mil for entrepreneurs at the UDA Carnival 2023 held in three states.
UDA Holdings Bhd president and chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Salem Kailany said the figures were for the carnival held in Johor Baru, Penang and Sabah, with the participation of almost 400 entrepreneurs.
For the three-day carnival held in Ipoh, which is the last destination, that ended on Dec 10, Mohd Salem, said they were targeting RM2.2mil in sales, with the participation of 120 entrepreneurs.
“We would like to thank the Perak State Entrepreneur Secretariat (SteP) who collaborated with UDA by bringing in 70 entries, namely from the State Agriculture Development Corporation (SADC), Tekun Nasional, the Lata Kinjang Orang Asli cooperative, as well as other entrepreneurs. Hopefully, this collaboration can help empower the group of entrepreneurs, and further improve the socio-economic of the local community,” he said in his speech when launching the carnival held at the open carpark area of Angsana Ipoh Mall on Dec 9.
This carnival is a combination of two events, the UDA Ria event promoting the company’s real estate products throughout the country, and also the USHANiaga entrepreneur programme.
UDA also managed to record RM30.8mil from its UDA Ria event in the three states, and Mohd Salem said with the recovering economic environment, he was certain that the real estate industry could be enhanced.
The carnival was first held last year with a successful sales value of RM11.72mil, with 656 entrepreneurs participating in the event.
Mohd Salem said seeing the success, UDA continued with the carnival this year.
Touching on Angsana Ipoh Mall, Mohd Salem said operations in the mall started in 1996, with a current 95% occupancy that comprises 45.4% bumiputra tenants.
“This shows that UDA always gives opportunities to entrepreneurs including the bumiputra entrepreneurs from the micro, small and medium enterprises to place their products in conducive and competitive areas.
“In an effort to help entrepreneurs expand, and to further strengthen their business, UDA also cooperates with other agencies, in order for the entrepreneurs to add knowledge, and skills in the entrepreneurship field,” he said.
During the press conference, Mohd Salem said UDA is also collaborating with the Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council to set up a business hub at the mall for individuals from the asnaf (tithe recipients) group.
“The hub, with the concept involving the asnaf group, is expected to open next month (January),” he shared.
When asked if the carnival would continue next year as well, Mohd Salem, seeing the success of the carnival last year and this year, UDA received positive feedback from entrepreneurs, who requested for the event to be continued.
“We will try our best to ensure that the carnival continues next year as well,” he added
Asked if UDA plans to expand the carnival to other destinations, Mohd Salem said that would depend on the needs, and on the locations where UDA has businesses.
“Penang, Johor and Perak are states where we have our businesses, and as for Sabah, we do not have any businesses there as yet,” he said.
Mohd Salem also said that UDA also had plans to construct 105 units of two-storey terrace houses on Wakaf land, and hopefully this effort would have a positive impact on the development of Perak, in line with the state government Perak Sejahtera 2030 plan.