It was a busy morning for Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir. With a rake in his hand and clad in a white T-shirt and black pants, he was seen sweeping, raking and collecting rubbish at several spots in the city on Friday, March 31.
Accompanied by Mayor Dato’ Zamri Man and Dato’ Rusnah Kassim, Executive Councillor for Women Development, Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government, he went about his job with much gusto and energy.
It was the start of the “Perak Yang Bersih” (Clean Perak) Campaign which was launched simultaneously at all of the state’s 12 districts.
Zambry, and his team, assembled at his residence at 6.30am before heading to their first point, the Medan Kidd bus terminal. Along with council workers, they cleared the clogged drains, swept the area and collected rubbish.
They then proceeded to the railway station, the Dato Sagor food court and Concubine Lane before congregating at Ipoh Padang for the official launching ceremony. Zambry took the opportunity to greet everyone he met along the way.
Attended by some 4000 people consisting of government officials, members of non-governmental organisations and school students, the launching ceremony was held in a very informal manner.
The campaign, said Zambry, was aimed at keeping the city and the state clean, green and vibrant. Its other objective was to instil awareness in the public about cleanliness.
“Today is the beginning of making Perak the cleanest state in the country. I want the public to make cleanliness their culture. I’m setting the ball rolling by doing it myself.
“There’ll be those who’ll criticise me, but I don’t care. Let them say whatever they want to say. This isn’t a political stunt. I’m doing this for the state and the people,” he stressed.
He told reporters that the idea came about after his many walkabouts in the city either alone or with the mayor and his staff.
“Many of the places aren’t clean. I want to change people’s mindset. They should learn to pick up and dispose rubbish properly, as they walk down the street. We’ll be making cleanliness as part of local councils’ KPI,” he added.
The campaign, said Zambry, would not be a one-off thing. It would be regular affair, held either weekly or monthly at all districts.