Ipoh City Council honoured media representatives with a dinner on Friday, November 22. The event, held at newly opened Symphony Suites along Jalan Gopeng, Ipoh, was attended by over 200 reporters, photographers and staff of news agencies in Ipoh.
It was a fitting occasion for all as the dinner was also to honour the mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, who will retire on January 2, 2014 after having helmed the Ipoh City Council for over five years.
Colour and pomp were deliberately added by the organisers led by the Council’s Public Relations Officer, Mohd Shahrizal, who insisted that attendees turn up in their most glamorous outfits to match the occasion.
The Academy Award lookalike event was accentuated with a pre-dinner red carpet welcome complete with a brief interview session at the foyer of the hotel.
Fathol Zaman Bukhari of Ipoh Echo spoke on behalf of the media representatives, as a prelude to the welcoming speech by the mayor. Roshidi was visibly moved by the overwhelming response, as most of the reporters were well acquainted with this affable man. He recounted his experiences helming the Council during his tenure as mayor and how the media had played a pivotal role in relaying his messages to Ipohites.
“I am truly indebted to you all,” he said. “For without you where would I be?” It struck a chord with the audience who gave the mayor a rousing applause for his honesty.
The dinner ended at almost midnight after prizes and gifts were given away.