A whopping 4000 bikers participated in Ipoh’s first ‘Ipoh Nite Ride’ that took place last Saturday May 25 at Dataran MBI. The participants came from all over the country and consisted of all age groups.
Retired Hospital Assistant, Badli Shah, 84, from Kampung Kepayang, couple Tony and Jackie Wong from KL and riding groups Orinz from Ipoh and Raintown Cycling Club from Taiping all took part just “for the fun of it”.
Organised by Malaysia Interaction Culture Association (MICA) in cooperation with MBI, the ride was kicked off by Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim slightly after 8pm. Before the kick off, the whole area in front of Ipoh City Council was a carnival atmosphere with participants taking photos and pretty models posing beside their bicycles.
Escorted by policethe ride went through Jalan Raja Dihilir, passed through town and made brief stops at the Railway Station and Kinta Riverfront Hotel before ending at Dataran MBI.
MICA Chairman Adam Chooi had attempted to garner 3000 participants to put the event in the Malaysia Book of Records. However, at the start of the event only 2500 participants had registered.
Nevertheless as the Ride moved through Town it was joined by smaller groups of riders and eventually stretched over 3km. According to Chooi, based on this stretch of riders the estimated participants for the ride should be a tally of over 4000 bikers.
For those who missed the ride please be ready for next year as Mayor Roshidi has declared that ‘Ipoh Nite Ride’ will be an annual event from this year onward as part of the City Day celebrations.
Monday May 27 was Ipoh’s 25th anniversary as a city. To kick off its Jubilee celebrations, MBI staff gathered at Ipoh’s City Hall in the morning for a special assembly and presentation of Distinguished Service Awards.
The auspicious occasion was graciously officiated by newly minted State Exco for Local Government Dato’ Saarani Mohammad together with Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim. Other VVIPs present for the celebration included Mr Rivai Nasution representing Walikota Medan (City of Medan) Indonesia and Datuk Yeoh Boo Hai, Director General of Kota Kinabalu Town Council.
Over 200 City Council staff were presented outstanding service awards. In his address Roshidi thanked his staff for their dedicated and excellent service which enabled MBI to achieve its vision of being a prosperous, dynamic and vibrant community.
Dato’ Saarani’s advice to the council staff was a sweet and short statement “provide service for the residents similarly as you would like others to service you”.
For Ms Ooi Bee Teck, currently with the Mayor’s office, this is her second time receiving MBI’s Distinguished Service Award. The first was in 2006 when she was with the Public Relations section. Considering she has been with MBI for 12 years, this second award was much noted.
An exceptional recipient of the awards was MBI’s Secretary Dato’ Abdul Rahim Mohd Ariff who was presented his award from the State, the only MBI staff to enjoy the State’s recognition.
Rahim admitted that this was his first job, having started with the Council 30 years ago as a Legal Officer before assuming his current position as Secretary.
The awards presentation event was the start of six weeks of celebrations which includes the Ipoh International Run as well as the Ipoh International Waiters Race to name a few.
Gunung Lang, known for its limestone caves and family-oriented park, hosted MBI’s “Karnival Ria” in conjunction with Ipoh’s 24th City Day celebration recently. Held annually on May 27, Ipoh City Day is one of the city’s most anticipated events on its calendar. Proclaimed as a city in 1988, Ipoh has developed by leaps and bounds.
The two-day carnival was co-sponsored by Astro and Bank Rakyat. More than 30,000 people attended the celebration. Highlights of the event were the aerobathon and arm-wrestling competition which attracted many Hulk wannabes.
Children had a fun time, as they took part in games organised by Astro. Some showed their artistic skills by taking part in a colouring competition. S. Varsha, 8, who bagged the 8th spot, was ecstatic, as it was her initiation to such a competition.
Anglers from around Perak took part in the fishing competition on the second day. Many of them jostled for the best spots to get their catch. Most are seasoned anglers who have taken part in many competitions in the past.
Chief Minister, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir, took part in the cycling event where over a thousand cyclists were involved. Zambry had a chance to see Gunung Lang and parts of Ipoh at close quarters astride his two-wheeler. The finale was a concert where visitors were entertained with music and songs. The celebration ended with a captivating fireworks display which had the crowd up on their feet.
Nearly 800 people were in Ipoh Padang recently to partake in the 2nd Ekiden Charity Run. Jointly organised by Ipoh City Council and the Ipoh Rotary Club, it was held in conjunction with Ipoh City Day.
The 4x4km race attracted Rotarians from Australia as well as three Japanese students who are studying at local universities. Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim and Japanese Honorary Consul General to Malaysia, Tomoko Takahashi were present. The aim of the run was to raise funds for the Rotarians’ charity programmes.
Jaimunah and her aerobic team put up a vigorous physical display before Roshidi flagged off the runners. Brooks Running Club Ipoh comprising Viswaram, Thineswaran, Kugan and Risitharan clinched first spot while two of their teams were among the top five. Panthus Club’s John Herbert and Kelab Roadrunners Ipoh’s Cheah Chang Fah teams claimed second and third placing, respectively.
Six-year-old R. Thiviyashini and a team of 9-year-old boys from Salvation Army were among the youngest competitors. Prizes were also given to the best dressed teams.
The mayor was pleased with the response. The council will make it an annual event.