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Sunday November 16, 2003
Number of visitors doubles
PENANG: Walkways between booths at Penang International Sports Arena (Pisa) in Relau were congested yesterday as more than 14,000 visitors turned up for Microfair 2003.
The exhibition, which entered its second day, saw a long queue at the entrance, which was opened at 11am.
The number of visitors was double that of Friday.
Among those who thronged the fair for bargains were computer-savvy monk Kai Soon See, 36, who was looking for CD-Rs and a laser printer for the Ang Hock See Temple in Perak Road.
UNIQUE DEVICE:Tan and Kai checking out a voice input writer with the help of Compusonic Computer Centre marketing manager Rachael Leng.
Wheelchair-bound copywriter Peter Tan, 37, who suffered spinal cord injury during a diving stint 20 years ago, was also among the crowd to check out what was new.
Tan, who has his own website www.petertan.com, said computers were very useful for the disabled who could get all the information they wanted from the Internet.
The exhibition had latest gadgets on display including personal digital assistants, laptops, digital cameras and mobile phones that were small but powerful.
“This is small and beautiful, isn’t it?” a salesman said, as he dangled several thumb drives at visitors.
NC Computer (M) Sdn Bhd managing director Chan Kuan Weng said a limited 50 pieces of small PQI thumb drives measuring 4.3cm long and 0.28cm thick were sold out on the first day.
Digital camera stall operators competed to outdo each other with small, sophisticated machines and printers that produced instant prints.
Banks joined the action by promoting credit card facilities, mortgages and housing loans.
HSBC mortgage sales officer Michael Heng said the morning crowd was good and a few credit card applicants had signed up.
“Our target groups are professionals, managers and executives and we find them here at Microfair,” said Heng.
Recruitment agencies like JobsDB.com and Adecco Personnel Sdn Bhd were also busy signing up visitors.
JobsDB.com general manager Benny Moe said they had good response to their newly-launched feature which enabled jobseekers to record a video resume.
Adecco Personnel operations and training executive Jann Saiboo said over 100 jobseekers registered on Friday and they expected more to sign up during the weekend.
Exclusive Magnitude (M) Sdn Bhd sales manager Allan Koh said they received encouraging enquiries from retailers and industrial users on their bar-code data automation technology.
Organised by The Star and Star In.Tech, the fair also features the Buy & Win Contest offering RM20,000 worth of prizes including a Toshiba notebook worth RM6,588, a HP Pavilion desktop and a BenQ handphone.
Entry forms are available to those who buy RM50 of products from any of the booths.
The fair also features a technology showcase on the Mac OS 10.3 Panther at 2pm, a talk on Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) at 4.30pm, Adobe Photoshop for Beginners from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and Secret to Capturing and Printing Great Digital Photos at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.
The fair, which ends today, is open from 11am to 10pm.
Admission is free.