This weekend, from the 5th to the 7th of August, is yet another Pikom PC Fair at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pikom is the Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia and PC Fair is Malaysia’s largest IT cash and carry event hosted by Pikom 3 times annually.
Pikom’s PC fair is divided into two sections, one for local distributors to exhibit and demonstrate latest product that they carry from world leading IT manufacturers. The second section is where local computer dealers sell their wares. Unlike other international IT events, where exhibitor showcase their future plans to visitors. The second section of Malaysia’s PC fair is like buying IT goods at a flea market. Dealers sells wares at promotional prices or gives out free gifts along with purchases. Visitors coming on the last day of the fair – Sunday – can often find bargains because most dealers hope to sell all their wares during the fair and are lazy having to transport all unsold wares back to their store.
Malaysia has yet to host any international IT trade shows similar to CeBIT, Comdex or Computex due to a controlled market and the low rate of IT penetration among the population. Pikom’s PC fair is currently the closest thing Malaysians are going to get.