Shah Alam's Eco Free Market draws crowd of 200

DAWN CHAN

SHAH ALAM: Having participated in many marathon events in the past five years, Ab Rahman Ahmad now has a huge collection of official race T-shirts which were given to him in numerous entry packs.

Seeing them piling up at his Kota Kemuning home was a headache for the 44-year-old assistant manager as he has ran out of space to keep them.

At the Shah Alam City Council's (MBSA) Eco Free Market today, Ab Rahman lugged 30 of his priced T-shirts to be given away to those who might be interested in them.

Within 10 minutes, all the T-shirts were snapped up and Ab Rahman headed home a happy man.

"I have way too many marathon race T-shirts. They are all in good condition, some I have never worn, some once. I have no place to store them at home anymore and so I thought why not give them away. I do not see a point keeping them anyway. Why not give them to someone who can wear them?," said Ab Rahman.

Ab Rahman was one of the 35 contributors who had gathered at Dataran Kemerdekaan for the Eco Free Market held to coincide with MBSA's 3rd Car Free Day, held on every second Sunday of the month.

More than 200 people thronged the two-hour free market that started at 10am, picking up free stuff such as clothes, food items, shoes, books and even kitchenware.

No cash transaction was involved and those taking part were only required to smile, asked politely and thanked their contributors before taking any items.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad said due to the overwhelming response from contributors and public, MBSA would now consider making it a twice monthly event.

The VVIPs of the Eco Free Market were 80 underprivileged children from Pusat Jagaan Cahaya Kasih Bestari in Kampung Melayu Subang and PPR Section 26, who were given the chance to pick up the items before the crowd joined in.