Keeping Ipoh Clean


Ipoh City Council’s catchy tag-line, “Ipoh Bersih, Hijau dan Membangun” or “Ipoh Clean, Green and Progressing” is misleading, to say the least. It was recently announced that Kampong Sg Rokam would be the city’s first litter-free zone. The programme was launched on Thursday, October 20. When it comes to project launching we are on top. Once the dust settles, it is business as usual. I doubt Kampung Sg Rokam will be any better.

Browsing through Ian Anderson’s book on Ipoh, I chanced upon a photograph with a banner stating “Anti-Litter Campaign. Keep Ipoh Clean – October 1975 to January 1976”. Back in the 1970s cleaning-up campaigns were already the vogue. They were effective, and in the course, Ipoh was declared the cleanest city in the country. Where do we stand now?

The Council’s Enforcement Department, next to the controversial Perak Tourism Centre and a stone’s throw away from landmarks such as the Royal Ipoh Club, Ipoh Padang and the iconic Ipoh Railway Station, is in a mess. Confiscated items are heaped in the department’s compound, in full view of the public. I raised this issue with one of the department’s employees and the answer he gave was baffling indeed. He said it was an internal problem which was beyond him. How could he be so indifferent?

Rubbish is not something one should take lightly. With Visit Perak Year 2012 around the corner, the Council cannot let its guard down. Why can’t people be like my smoker friend who carries a tiny plastic bag with him everywhere he goes? The bag acts as a receptacle for ashes and cigarette butts. A positive attitude is the way forward. Keeping Ipoh clean is our responsibility.


8 thoughts on “Keeping Ipoh Clean

  1. I like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to the management team of MBI for their swift response to our call for the clearing of illegal vegetable farms in our recreation park in Ampang Jaya.
    The residents should be well aware that the recreation park is meant for the public esp. our children to have their sporting activities and NOT for their own selfish commercial farming activities. The most notable trend is that the present generation of house owners prefer to cement their even the small patch of land alloted for planting flowers and some small trees by the developer. Instead they shift their planting activities to the public recreation parks in the housing estates. Fertilisers and toxic chemicals are used to protect their crops from pests which would definitely cause an adversed effect and health hazards to those who patronise the parks.
    After a few days of clearing by the MBI as I have observed, the same stubborn house owners around the area resume their planting activities in much larger scale indeed. How should we educate these hardcores for their irresponsible and indifferent attitudes for a clean and healthy environment? If they have the civic consciousness, they should reopen up part of their cemented car porch to start their own small scale planting activities as hobbies.
    In the meantime I wish to appeal to MBI to construct proper jogging tracks and other recreational facilities in all our parks especially those with very spacious compound in the residential areas as the ones being built in the Gunung View or the First Garden compound.
    This would render a very liveable and healthy living to all the Ipoh folks and who knows we can emulate Singapore to become one prominent and beautiful garden city in the not too distant future.

  2. Keeping Ipoh clean? Please start with our lovely community park, Taman Rekreasi Sultan Abdul Aziz, more popularly known as Polo Ground. This once beautiful, clean and green park has now become a hawker/street food bazaar, with rubbish bags and litter everywhere. Instead of the fresh smell of green leaves, trees and flowers in the air (like once upon a time), the stench that “greets” visitors to the park is that of stale fishy laksa!! This attracts rats and rodents of every size and description to the park, no doubt.

    Our out of town visitors including foreigners from the civilised world (whose countries hold their own parks sacred and guard them with passion and love), are totally shocked at the way we abuse our parks. Families and real park users now shun Polo Ground and the only people who go there are those looking for laksa and lepak-time. This is not bad in itself but NOT IN A PARK!! A park is for exercise and recreation, NOT FOR FOOD!!!!!


  3. sat, 12 nov 2011 – an indian man, aged between 40 – 50 yrs, open his luxury car door, take a white plastic (rubbish..for sure), throw into d sg kinta from d bridge between ymca & bandar ipoh raya/medan istana.
    (unfortunately, my camera was out of battery).
    n here, in ipohecho people blaming d authority coz of d dirty surroundings, rivers, roads, etc.
    y dont all d perakians change d attitude, cooperate & take action keeping our town clean.

  4. Ipoh is getting dirtier by the day. Just look at the litter of rubbish “decorating” the streets of Ipoh Garden South area (RHB Bank side), Polo Ground (especially on weekends), Old Town and so on. It’s RUBBISH, RUBBISH and more RUBBISH everywhere. It’s a real shame! The best part is, nobody cares enough to act on it immediately.

  5. Just take a look at the back lane where our fast food outlet in ipoh new town, Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar. You would be surprise that the rubbish is always full. Three months ago,the local authority collect them twice, about 7.30am and 6.30pm at night.Now, once only at 8pm. If you pass by the fast food outlet from the back of the outlet, you would want to vomit before you enter the fast food outlet. Hope the local authorities can collect the rubbish frequently, maybe on adhoc basis ( since a fee is paid to the local authorities yearly) as there are 5 other makan shop run by 1 malaysia adjacent to the 2 fast food outlet which uses 1 rubbish bin. Another suggestion would be to require each makan shop to have their own rubbish bin, locked and within their premises, similar to the gas cyclinders most restaurants are park behind the premises and locked before the license are approved or renew.

  6. This issue will probably take a generation to solve because the core of the problem is the people’s attitude towards littering.

    Long ago, Ipoh residents were proud that Ipoh was known as the cleanest town in Malaysia and they make an effort to keep it that way. However, children and youths began to indiscriminately throw rubbish everywhere instead of into rubbish bins. This continued as they grew to adulthood and their children in turn followed their littering ways.

    It has become for people to nonchalantly litter. A case of “monkey see, monkey do.” Littering is so prevalent nowadays that not doing it is out of place instead of the other way round. It is a common sight to see car windows being wound down and rubbish simply thrown out, especially used tissues.

    The current generation of children and youths must be taught to stop littering and use rubbish bins instead. There has been no effort by MBI to educate children and youths to stop littering. Few public awareness programs have been held to counter this problem. All MBI knows is enforcement, which doesn’t get to the root of the problem.

    At the same time, MBI must provide more rubbish bins for people to use. Walk along main thoroughfares of Ipoh and there are few rubbish bins to be found. The few that can be found are usually full and overflowing. It is hard enough to get people use rubbish bins but when rubbish bins are full and uncollected, people will think that there is no point at all.

    It has to be a multi-pronged approach to eradicate this problem and a long-term sustained plan must be formulated. Education, public awareness, providing adequate equipment and enforcement must be held together to be more effective. One without the others doesn’t work.

  7. I stay at Taman Cempaka, I hope collection of rubbish can change to daily instead of alternative day. It is very dirty and smelly to put at the roadside waiting for collection in the next day. Worst is the cat/dog come and mess with it.

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