The Birch Memorial Clock Tower standing in front of the Ipoh State Mosque was unveiled in 1909. The square tower has a clock on each face. The clock tower has one mother bell, 6 ft 6 in diameter weighing 1,000 pounds and four smaller bells weighing together 1,000 pounds and was designed to strike the chimes of Big Ben.
The clock used to chime every quarter of an hour. It ceased to chime for the past several years and MBI has not bothered to repair and maintain the clocks which are not working.
The clock tower is historical and an important landmark. It is strategically located and a tourist attraction. However, the small park surrounding the clock tower is reasonably well maintained.
MBI should repair the clock immediately and make it functional; let us hear the pleasant chimes of the clock. While doing the maintenance work, plants growing on top of the tower must be pulled out before they damage the concrete.