Free items up for grabs at Eco Free Mar­ket in Shah Alam

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SHAH ALAM: At the Shah Alam City Coun­cil (MBSA) Car Free Day’s Eco Free Mar­ket, ev­ery­thing is free.

The one-of-its-kind mar­ket will be held to­day from 10am at La­man De­wan Teater Shah Alam, near Dataran Ke­merdekaan in Sec­tion 14. About 20 con­trib­u­tors will show­case items, which will be given away for free at the two-hour mar­ket.

Eco Free Mar­ket was a char­ity con­cept that was started three years ago by four friends, said one of its founders, Ahamad Em­ran An­war­rudin.

“The con­cept of Free Mar­ket was to give away items so that oth­ers make use of it.”

He said those who signed up for the pro­gramme could con­trib­ute cloth­ing, toys and kitchen­ware.

“We in­vite con­trib­u­tors to join us and give to the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially things that they do not need.

Con­trib­u­tors are wel­come to of­fer their ser­vices, too.

“They could be doc­tors or den­tists pro­vid­ing ba­sic med­i­cal check-up, phar­ma­cists or lawyers of­fer­ing le­gal ad­vice. We even had a 10-year-old ask­ing vis­i­tors to join him for a game of chess.”

Em­ran stressed the im­por­tance of cour­tesy and mu­tual re­spect be­tween the taker and giver.

“It is a re­quire­ment to be gen­er­ous with lots of ‘thank you’ and ‘please’. This is the con­cept be­hind the Free Mar­ket. The items are free, so ask nicely be­cause the owner has the right to not give them to you.”

MBSA cor­po­rate and pub­lic re­la­tions di­vi­sion head Shahrin Ah­mad said the Eco Free Mar­ket was be­ing held for the sec­ond time.

“This is in line with the green ini­tia­tive as it helps to re­duce waste. We want peo­ple to bring their own re­cy­clable bags.”

Some 40 chil­dren from Pusat Ja­gaan Ca­haya Kasih Bes­tari based in Kam­pung Me­layu Subang will pick the items they wish first be­fore the crowd joins in.

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