Ipohites took to the streets at MBI City Square as the Urban Street Art Malaysia Carnival 2016 took place from April 15 to 17. Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique, Deputy Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government said that the objective of the carnival was to help participants with low income.
There were stalls selling food and drinks, clothes and beauty products for the public. Apart from that, there was a hot air balloon where people could hop on to enjoy the view of a little part of Ipoh.
Cosplay and motorbike exhibitions were also the centre of attraction. So were young buskers and youngsters who were working on the street art, which was the main attraction of it all.
“This is the second time this event is being held with a total of 105 participants from different backgrounds. We hope the event will open opportunities for them to improve their skills and livelihoods,” she said.
It was a great motivation for them as entrepreneurs, getting the kind of support from the public. Suzanna, one of the participants from Besut, said she was overwhelmed by the response and was glad to be present although she had to travel far.
Other than helping the lower income group, it was also to promote youngsters with talents who deserved to be known and recognised. “Ipoh is the only hipster city in Malaysia,” said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir with a grin. He said the carnival would create new opportunities for youngsters to get involved.
“Youngsters today, they don’t need huge restaurants. All they need is an old building and there you go, a beautiful café is at your service,” he added.
Halimah and Zambry both expressed their gratitude to the public for being supportive and appreciative of the initiatives taken to improve their lot.
The carnival is set to be a platform for a whole new experience, in the hopes that participants would gain something at the end of it all.