The second leg of the 2013 Malaysian Furniture and Furnishings Fair (MF3) will be held at Viva Home in Kuala Lumpur on 4-6 October, according to its organiser, the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Furniture Entrepreneur Association (KLSFEA).

“Due to overwhelming demand, we have been having two fairs a year. Visitors will still enjoy the same quality products at attractive prices,” said KLSFEA President Edmond Chew.

Meanwhile, the recently concluded MF3 covered nearly 10,000 sq m of space at the   the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, with 200 booths and 160 firms taking part.

Visitors were spoilt for choice as they had access to quality home furnishings such as beds, kitchen appliances, bathroom and sanitary wares, living room and dining room fixtures as well as lights, curtains and other decorative items.

The event is a good opportunity for local furniture makers to sell their wares to the local market, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas during MF3’s launch.

“A total of 80 percent of Malaysian-manufactured furniture is exported, and the overall industry is growing. Last year, it contributed RM8 billion in total export,” he said, adding that the government is presently drafting a plan to boost the domestic furniture market.

“We will work with the private sector to transform the industry and produce high value-added products.”

Moreover, Chew pointed out that there is a huge market for quality furniture in  Malaysia, and many firms that used to sell their products only in other countries are now marketing their wares locally. This is because, apart from having a population of 29 million, the country is aiming to become a high-income nation.

“We are looking forward to tying up with the Government to support local brands and organise more furniture fairs,” he added.

Interestingly, RM50,000 worth of cash prizes and gifts valued at RM200,000 were given away during last month’s fair.

Farah Wahida, Editor of PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email farahwahida@propertyguru.com.my

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