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