The 1Malaysia Mega Sale {A Feature on Malaysia 1/4}

And here we are back to our Malaysia entries. A feature on Kuala Lumpur can be found here.
Malaysia is one of the most known destinations of locals. Apart from the religion which Saudi Arabia shares with most of Malaysia’s population (Islam is their state religion), the weather is nice and the country has an overall friendly atmosphere that makes it one of the top destinations in Asia. For us Filipinos, it’s easy to travel to Malaysia because we don’t need any visa to enter for a number of days. Which makes traveling all the more fun and hassle-free. 
Did you know that Malaysia has a super sale season too? Yes! Like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia is a great shopping destination! Malaysia has started their sale season last November 10 and it will run until January 2013. And you know what that means… where the great sales are, you’ll probably find The Pink Tarha! But since we couldn’t go there right now, here’s a rundown of what happens in Malaysia’s sale season (hoping that KSA does the same bonanza here in Riyadh)!
Every year, Malaysia hosts country-wide shopping sales during which some of the most popular shopping items are sold for up to 50% below their regular retail price. The next big one to look forward to on Malaysia’s impressive shopping calendar is the M-Yes End of Year Sale.

Malaysia may be famous for its 452-meter Petronas Twin Towers or its religious site Batu Caves, but the annual M-Yes Sale cannot be overlooked. This year the sale runs from November 10 to January 1 2013 and is a veritable haven for bargain hunters. So if you’re in Malaysia for your winter break, it is the perfect opportunity to stock up on bargains.

Shoppers flocking the Pavilion Mall during the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival

The ‘1Malaysia’ brand name is an initiative that was founded by the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in September 2010 in order to emphasize national unity and ethnic harmony between the many races and peoples within the country through a number of yearly initiatives. The 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival initiative was founded so that along with generating much needed income for the Malaysian economy, the many different people would unite through the art of shopping.

Throughout Malaysia, most notably the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, it becomes obvious that the sale event is taking place from the moment you step off the plane. There are large posters at the roadside advertising it, at every bank dealing with MasterCard it is advertised, festivals and cars with loudhailers drive past blaring out messages about the sales, and most impressively, the shopping malls are absolutely full with Asians, Europeans, and Americans shopping their hearts out.

One of the highlights so far of the mega sale carnival this year has been at the Queensbay Mall in Penang State. The theme was Roman and the staff and hired promotional actors all dressed as Roman noble women and gladiators with a Mega Sale twist. The clothing and props were branded items such as MOG Eyewear, tote bags, and Emporio Armani sandals. These served as a peek into what can be purchased. It was quite clever to incorporate this with a little bit of theatre.

Throughout the sales carnival at the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, there’s a special offer up for grabs. For the first 100 spenders on sale items every day, they will will be given a balloon which has a prize inside. Prizes include shopping vouchers amounting to RM10,000! Never has there been a better way to entice people to shop!

Furniture for the home and office, bedding products including actual beds, cabinets and wardrobes, tables ranging from dining tables to work desks, kitchenware such as kettles and cutlery, wallpapers and decorating items, and so many more products from brands including Berlina, Emporio Armani, Samsonite luggage, tote bags, and MOG eyewear are also on sale in most shops in major shopping malls throughout Malaysia.

Of course, we all know about the severe weight restrictions on luggage that is held both in the cabin and in the aircraft hold when flying, but the savings that can be made when shopping in the country will most certainly outweigh the costs of excess luggage, flight tickets, and hotels for the duration of the stay. No other country hosts a shopping sale as large or as popular as the 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and since 2010 the sale has just expanded more and more making it a definite must see experience.

So why not travel to Malaysia and see what great deals and wallet-bursting savings you can make before it all ends this year? Why not indeed? If we have the fulos for this trip, we’ll definitely spend it in Malaysia! Sigh.

Malaysia Outside KSA Shopping Travel

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