City Council’s Responses

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Ipoh City Council has responded to some of Ipoh Echo’s complaints raised in its “iSpeak” and “Thumbs Down” columns. It is a good indicator that Ipohites’ woes are being addressed.

Here are the responses, which we received from the Council on September 6:

*Ipoh Echo Issue 170 dated July 16 to 31 – “Retention Pond in Merdeka Garden – A Failed Design”.

An inspection of the said retention pond was carried out by Council officers after reading the complaint in Ipoh Echo. The retention pond was built and is maintained by Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (Drainage and Irrigation Department). Therefore, it is only proper that the complaint be directed at the department as Ipoh City Council is not the responsible party.

*Ipoh Echo Issue 170 dated July 16 to 31 – “Big Bully Buses”.

The affected areas were patrolled by Council’s enforcement officers. It was found that the buses were in fact school buses waiting to pick school children. The bus drivers were duly warned.

*Ipoh Echo Issue 171 dated August 1 to 15 – “Kinta River a Tourist Attraction?”

The complaint relating to water level in Kinta River has to do with the dam upstream. The dam was built and is maintained by Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (Drainage and Irrigation Department). The responsibility of regulating water flow in the river lies solely with the department. Ipoh City Council has written to the department highlighting the matter.