20,000 expected at exhibition
Published on: Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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Kota Kinabalu: The Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) Sabah Chapter expects more than 20,000 visitors to attend its bi-annual International Property Exhibition (IPEX) 2011 here in April.Hoping to better crowd numbers from the last event in 2009, PAM has lined up a plethora of activities - besides preparing 86 booths featuring a variety of properties, services and products - to attract the masses to come to one of Sabah's biggest and most anticipated events of the built environment industry circuit.

The IPEX 2011, to be held from April 21 to 24 at the Sabah Trade Centre, will have programmes like seminars, concerts featuring Malaysian acts, a children's drawing and colouring competition, edible architecture contest that is open for youth aged between 16 and 25, photography competition, lucky draws and a Miss IPEX Personality contest.

Organising chairman, Yong Ming Cheong said they have also invited City Hall to be part of the show, to share what they have in store for city dwellers.

"We want the public to see what plans the city has and it will be an excellent platform for City Hall (as) the people can come in and give constructive ideas or comments," he said at a press conference here, Monday.

City Hall's City Planning Director, Alijus Sipil said his department and the Landscape Department would be involved in the exhibition.

"We will exhibit the Sembulan River beautification project and the cycle way from Tanjung Aru to Universiti Malaysia Sabah," he said, adding this was the second time they have been invited to participate, the first being two years ago.

Starting as a modest exhibition called Buildtech in 1988, with only a handful of booths catering to local building material suppliers, IPEX has grown from strength to strength, Yong said, with participants from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Australia having taken part over the years.

"The upcoming IPEX 2011 will be a chance for homeowners and visitors to have a first-hand look at the exciting new developments in the local building industry as well as for building material suppliers to showcase their products and highlight new advancements," he said.

He pointed out that based on public feedback, they decided to organise the event on the Easter weekend again because of the long break.

"About 80 per cent of the booths have been snapped up by exhibitors and about 10 per cent of them are from the peninsula," he said.

PAM Sabah Chapter Chairman, Ho Jia Lit stressed that IPEX was not like other property events, which were mostly profit-oriented, adding the Chapter were the pioneers in Sabah in organising such a built environment industry programme.

For further details about the admission-free event, the public could contact the PAM Sabah Chapter Secretariat Office at 088-232524/261313.


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