Vendors want night tamu to be held every Thursday

KOTA BELUD: Vendors participating in the Mini Carnival for Hawkers and Small Traders (HPPK) want this event to be held every Thursday.


This will allow them to sell their wares for two days as there is a Friday tamu, or market, weekly.

Suhana Linoh, 37, from Kg Podos, sells hand-made parang (machetes) of all sizes with her parents at the Tamu.

She said they came early to sell their wares, and by 7 p.m. they had already sold half of their machetes.

“We are very happy with this carnival, as their activities have attracted attention and lots of people,” she stressed.

She hoped that it would be held every Thursday to be dubbed Tamu Khamis and carried over the next day to the weekly tamu, Tamu Jumaat, or Friday market.

“There’s no need for the concert to be held every week, just the Tamu,” she said.
A two-day market allows vendors to have more time to engage with customers and sell their products, Julia Lingin, a basket maker and vendor, said.

The 62-year-old hails from
Kg. Gonsurai had been weaving and selling her baskets since she was young.
According to Nurisa Sanil, 55, who participated in the carnival under KRT Tamu Darat, a two-day tamu will provide a longer window for potential customers to visit the market, increasing the chances of making sales.

Veronica Siging, 47, from Kg Tombuloug Toginambur believed that
With more time available, vendors can attract a larger customer base and generate higher revenue.

Veronica, who sells preserved food, pickles, and local cakes, said it should be carried outcon Thursday, allowing vendors to sell their wares directly into the next day.

All the vendors expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the carnival organisers.

They especially expressed their gratitude to the Minister of Entrepreneurship, Development, and Cooperatives (MEDAC), Datuk Ewon Benedick, who is also the Kadamaian State Assemblyman, for his constant support for his constituents.
For Felicia Janari, 42, who sells mushroom products, the event is an opportunity for her to sell her products.

She was thankful that she learned about the event through her association.
“I am glad I came, as the carnival attracted many people, which allowed me to reach out to more customers,” she stated.

She hoped that the event would be held on a regular basis so that vendors would be able to garner more revenue.

The random survey indicates that vendors want a two-day market so as to increase sales potential, networking opportunities, customer retention, and improved market exposure.

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