Car-boot barter trade comes to Penang


Tired of shopping at impersonal hypermarkets and malls run by big corporations? Why not go back in time, rekindle the community spirit and exchange your stuff at a car-boot barter trade event in Penang this weekend!

Sandal car boot sale

Teh Yee Cheu (the Tanjung Bunga Adun), the Organising Chairman of Penang Green Expo and director of PGC Strategies Sdn Bhd reports on this unique event:

Teh Yee Cheu, ADUN Tanjung Bungah, Organizing Chairman of Penang Green Expo and director of PGC Strategies Sdn Bhd, 21 September 2012.

Penang Green Expo 2012: ‘Trade In Your Ex’ Car Boot Barter Trade

In conjunction with Penang Green Expo happening on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012, the organizers have come up with Car Boot Barter Trade, themed ‘Trade In Your Ex’. YB Chow Kon Yeow, Exco of Local Government and Traffic Management, Vice Chairman of PGC Strategies Sdn Bhd, will be officiating the opening of the event.

The car boot barter trade, which is one of the highlighted activities of Penang Green Expo, is jointly organized by the Penang Green Council (PGC) and JCI United, and will take place at Penang International Sports Arena (PISA) on the 23rd of September 2012, from 9am to 11am. The objectives of the event are to create awareness on Zero-Waste practices and to encourage everyone to incorporate 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) into our daily lives. Idealite, one of the sponsors, will lead a spectacular group lymphatic exercise at 8.30am, so don’t miss out this exercise! (COME EARLIER BEFORE THE EVENT TO JOIN IN THE EXERCISE)

Through this Car Boot Barter Trade, the importance of reusing and recycling is emphasized. Many items that are thought to be of no use anymore could be salvaged. People from all walks of life would be enlightened on the virtues of going green via this simple yet significant activity.

This event also acts as a platform for everyone to have hands-on experience in our collective efforts to save Mother Nature. Participants are welcomed to exchange usable items such as toys, books, household utensils, kitchenware, decorative items etc with other participants. Besides, old newspapers and old items for recycling can be brought to the recycling team at the event. For each 10kg of recyclable items, a voucher will be exchanged. Among the various vouchers and services exchangeable are computer headsets sponsored by BestBuy IT Mall, quality school uniforms by Matari Uniform, premium bubble tea by Tea Secret, on-the-spot haircut service by Hairstory International, and on-the-spot acupuncture and traditional Chinese massage by Idealite. The traded vouchers and items are all given on a first come first served basis, while it lasts!

The objectives of the Green Expo are to create awareness and educate the public about the importance of utilizing resources in a sustainable way; and to create an ideal space for the exchange of information on environmental programs, policies, products, as well as technologies. It also aims to provide a lively and creative platform for the showcase of continuous effort in sustainable development.

It is very simple to participate in the Car Boot Barter Trade. With a deposit of RM30 for one parking space in PISA, you can then bring your family members along, and fill your car boot with items to be traded. To engage in a trade, any two participating parties will need to select an item (regardless of the equality in value) of his/her interest from the car boot of the other party and the deal is made when both parties agree on the items to be traded.

The Penang Green Expo Car Boot Barter Trade organizers strongly encourage participation of families, including both children and adults; and it is the hope of Penang Green Council (PGC) that the environmental-conscious community of Penang and Northern Peninsular will come forward to show support in this meaningful event.

For further information, please contact JCI United members Mr. Tan Yong Jen (012-406 0355), Miss Tan Su Sen (016-414 2580), Mr. Terry Tan (012-4988 100).

For information on the Penang Green Expo, kindly contact PGC at 04-650 5112 or visit

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tan tanjong bungah
tan tanjong bungah
21 Sep 2012 4.27pm

Hi everyone, Congrats to my assemblyman for initiating this event! The YB has always been noted to be a very environment-friendly person, promoting cycling, planting on land and sea, etc … . This car boot barter trade would result in a purposeful exchange that would help reduce ‘waste’ between the 2 parties involved, while also reducing disposable waste otherwise. This event would complement the one recently inaugurated at Straits Quay, i.e. the car boot sales, which directly help many people to dispose of what they would otherwise have to discard as waste! Held on the 3rd Saturday of every month,… Read more »

semuanya OK kot
semuanya OK kot
21 Sep 2012 1.48pm

Always consider these steps: refuse, reduce, reuse, repair or recycle, repurpose, sell, or give away.

21 Sep 2012 1.16pm

the concept of bartering :