The second Mega Sale Carnival 2017 by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Malaysia (KPDNKK) held at Bulatan Amanjaya from November 22 to 26 witnessed historical records made by the Festival Food Truck Malaysia (FFTM) for the longest distance food truck convoy involving over 100 food trucks all over Malaysia.
The convoy route started from 1MYC Food Truck Hotspot, UPSI Tanjung Malim to Bulatan Amanjaya with food trucks that came from Perak, Selangor, Terengganu and even Sabah. The festival was held during the Mega Sale Carnival which was visited by vast numbers of people who were eager to try all the food offered by the food trucks.
“In Perak, there are currently 35 food trucks and we are working and helping each other out. We’ve been operating for three years and despite the slow progress, we are definitely receiving more exposure and hopefully more trucks will open soon in Perak,” said Mohd Hadi Hafiz who ran the first food truck in Ipoh, The Hut, as well as being the representative of Silver State Food Trucks, a group comprising of all the food trucks in Perak.
According to Hadi, he hopes to see more varieties of trucks selling different kinds of food, not just serving locals with what they know but also to expose the public to different types of food.
The official launching of the Mega Sale Carnival was held on November 25 where it was attended by Menteri Besar Perak, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Minister at KPDNKK, Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Deputy Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who was pleased with the attendance at the carnival.
“I’ve heard complaints about the unbelievable price hikes on daily groceries and more. I hope that KPDNKK will establish a special body of enforcement to monitor these items and the prices. There are people who simply charge more to gain extra profits that are affecting the public. Hopefully KPDNKK will handle this matter urgently,” said Ahmad Zahid before officiating the event.
Among other activities held during the 5-day affair, were talks, buskers’ performances, discussions on entrepreneurship and performances from local artists such as Dato’ Nash from the band Lefthanded, Black Hanifah, Wany Hasrita, Dayang Nurfaizah and many more.