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Seaside or Mountain Vacation in Genki, Glamour Square


There’s something in the air and while it may not be love, some say it’s the next best thing – negative ions. Negative ions are odourless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, waterfalls, and beaches.

Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. The more negative ions there are in the blood, the more efficient the cell’s metabolism process. Negative Ions in our body are essential in sustaining and improving our health.

As we breathe in oxygen, albeit necessary to life, the process of oxidization releases free radicals which disrupts normal cellular functions and accelerates the aging process as well as aggravating much illness. Antioxidants quench free radicals and we’re constantly being exhorted to get enough anti-oxidants into our bodies to counter the ravages of pollution, aging, work and environmental stress and the toxins that we ingest through the food supply.

Keeping this in mind, the Japanese set out to find the perfect solution that could utilise and release these antioxidants in the most advantageous and all-encompassing way. As such, “antioxidant houses”, coated from floor to ceiling with antioxidant ‘enzyme’ paints, were built. The idea was to create an environment filled and charged with negative ions, allowing for our skin and lungs to naturally absorb them into our cells and system.  Such a concept took the world by storm.

Hotbed Antioxidant Therapy

Now Ipohites need go no further than to Glamour Square in Bercham to charge up with negative ions and experience Hotbed Antioxidant Therapy at Genki, an antioxidant spa that has been quietly operating for the last two years.

Week-old egg and bread

Decorated with lush flora, wooden panelling and flooring, Genki has a spiritual and relaxing aura about it; it is perhaps the perfect place to unwind from our bustling city-life. Our visit was immediately welcomed by a friendly Miss Chick, who served us a special enzyme drink, made on the premises in their antioxidant pail which they sell. “The pail is perfect for fermentation. You can make yoghurt in them too, and they turn out ionized, which is extremely beneficial for the body. Alternatively, the pail allows you to store your groceries for a longer time than usual, they remain fresh,” she conceded as she pulled out two bowls, one, containing a raw egg and the other a piece of bread, both of which had been there for more than two weeks; the egg looking like it had just been cracked that morning and the bread with not a single mould visible.

Neutralise Toxins

I was then shown the many warm to hot rooms, which contain tiled-beds that can be heated up to around 40 degrees Celsius. These dry-sauna rooms where you rest on ‘anti-oxidant beds’ beds consisting of special ceramic tiles, release over 2 million negative ions/cm3, that will flow into your body to neutralise toxins.

The therapy is reputed to assist in anti-aging of cells and overall body; reduced cholesterol levels; improved blood circulation; relief of pain and stiffness caused by rheumatism; increased immune resistance; increased metabolic rates and weight loss; reduced sugar levels after multiple treatments for Diabetics; and pain relief and improvement of general well being for cancer patients.

Each therapy session takes roughly around 30-40 minutes. First timers can opt for the membership costing RM100 which entitles them to five sessions. Walk-In session RM38 including healthy fruit juice. Other value packages are available.

Genki Antioxidant House
Lot 14 – 1 First Floor, Glamour Square Commercial Centre,
Persiaran Bercham Selatan 20, Taman Bercham Jaya, 31400 Ipoh, Perak.
For more information: 05-5475366 or Miss Chick Chooi Kuan 016-5322675.

Youth Moral Development Camp


Hindu Sevai Sangam Youth Moral Development CampHindu Sevai Sangam conducted a nine-day Youth Moral Development Camp for secondary school children. Sixty seven boys and girls attended the camp which was held in SJK(T) Kerajaan, Jalan Sungai Pari.

Guru Ramaji, Spiritual Head and Founder of the Sangam, conducted the camp. He was assisted by six volunteers from the organisation and the daily training was from 5.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. The students participated in Yoga, Meditation, Martial Arts, Niyudha (fighting without weapons), Traditional Games, Public Speaking, Leadership Training and group activities.

During the closing ceremony held at Arulmigu Mariamman Temple, Jalan Sungai Pari, the students demonstrated the skills they had learned to their parents and friends.


Polytechnic’s Entry among Winners


Polytechnic Ungku Omar (PUO) Ipoh participated in the recently concluded Amphibious Vehicle Contest 2011 held at the National Science Centre, Bukit Kiara. The contest, backed by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, was to pick the best entry from among the many institutions of higher learning in the country. Some 33 teams from institutions such as UiTM, UPSI, UTEM, UniTen, and not forgetting PUO, took part.

Polytechnic Ungku Omar prepared four teams for the contest. Three made it to the quarter-finals with one qualifying for the final. The amphibious crafts which the students designed were capable of performing both on land and in water. The participants were thankful for the advice and guidance given by their mentor, Encik Zukarnain, a mechanical engineering lecturer with the polytechnic.


Do We Need Water-Related Activities At The Riverfront


By Jerry Francis

When the then Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Tajol Rosli Ghazali officiated what was to be a multi-million-ringgit Ipoh city riverfront beautification project with fanfare and wide publicity on January 27, 2004, there was joy amongst the residents of the city.

It was generally felt that at last, the embankments of Sungai Kinta, which bisects the city into New Town and Old Town sectors, would be a new focal point.

Now seven years later, the project has not materialised. It has become yet another much talked about project in Perak that has fallen off the track.

Under the proposal, Sungai Kinta was set to become a tourist spot with the introduction of water-related activities by the state government. The state chairman for tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Othman, had earlier tried to revive the project, but now no-one seems to talk about it.

She said that for a start, they might offer kayaking along the river for tourists and city folk. According to her, a river cruise would also be offered by a private group of companies, which was undertaking a RM200m development project along the 1.2km stretch of the river.

“The cruise will start from Taman D.R. Seenivasagam to the Kinta Riverfront,” she said, adding that more activities would be introduced from time to time.

She said efforts to make Sungai Kinta “an engine of growth” for tourism activities was in line with the state’s ambition in making the industry the second biggest income earner for Perak.

The question is, can such water-related activities be developed as a tourist attraction on the narrow and shallow Sungai Kinta? I am amazed by such a suggestion. No wonder our plans often fail because we do not give much thought to such proposals before implementing them.

Why do we need to develop water-related activities like other cities where their rivers are deeper and wider? Sungai Kinta is hardly 30 metres wide and 2 metres deep, and as such not feasible for any water-related activities. Furthermore, it is also badly polluted.

Such activities, particularly a river cruise, are doomed to failure. Just take a look at the nearby artificial lake in Taman D.R. Seenivasagam and what has happened to its water-related activities.

We must be crazy to expect that tourists would be interested in our river cruise. What is there to see, except the polluted water and the riverbanks that are hardly attractive? Unlike Malacca where the river cruises allow visitors to see the heritage buildings, a traditional kampong and some big monitor lizards lazing in the sun along the riverbanks.

What we really need is to beautify the stretch of Sungai Kinta’s embankments, not water-related activities as they would be a waste of public funds.

Rivers have always been the focal point of cities all over the world. They not only reflect how well responsible authorities can manage pollution, but also how well they can co-opt rivers into their beautification plans.

Famous cities all over the world, which were founded along rivers, have been beautifying their river embankments. Look at London, Paris, Amsterdam and even Singapore where their riverfronts have become well-known landmarks.

The cities are beautiful because of the rivers, where the bridges and riverbanks are spruced up to blend with the development. However, Ipoh is just like many others in the country which have yet to make use of their rivers for beautification purposes.

Sungai Kinta continues to be polluted as those living upstream are throwing wastes into the river daily. Efforts by the Drainage and Irrigation Department to save the river from pollution through such campaigns as “Love Our River” have not been successful.

If the state government is serious about developing the riverfront, it should be concentrating on the embankments. Forget about the water-related activities, as they will be a strain on funds.

Morubina Group of Companies had initially looked at it in the right perspective. It had developed a stretch of the embankment as food outlets, constructed small-scale replicas of famous bridges across the river and established a tin mining gallery to reflect the past glory of the “City That Tin Built”.

The riverfront can become the rendezvous for visitors to refresh themselves and visit the tin mining gallery before setting out to the various mining and cultural heritage sites in the state. While the city folks can walk or have a “teh tarik” and some food at one of the outlets. However, to make the project a reality, there is a need to put a more determined effort to developing the riverbanks.

Eye Health – Cataracts

Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh
Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Ipoh Echo’s Eye Health series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. Gill talking to us about what needs to be done before you go for cataract surgery.

Arrange time away from work

Patients may need anywhere between a few days to a few weeks off work, depending on the nature of their jobs, before returning to their regular schedule. You should not rush into cataract surgery without sorting this out first as it just adds to your stress.

Arrange for a Driver

It is best to arrange a caregiver to drive you to and from the hospital on the day of your cataract surgery. Make sure your driver is also available on the day after your surgery in order for you to be examined by your doctor on the first postoperative day.

Eye Health - Cataracts - Dr S S GillReview your medications

You will need to give a detailed list of all medications that you are currently taking to the eye surgeon as some of these may need to be adjusted prior to the surgery. Never withhold information on any medication or medical problems that you may be having. Accurate information given to your doctor will help avoid complications and quicken recovery after cataract surgery. Unless instructed by your doctor, you will need to take all of your normal medications on the day of surgery.

If you are on medication to thin the blood (antiplatelet medication) your doctor may require you to stop taking them several days prior to cataract surgery. Generally, cataract surgery is bloodless but in some instances adjustments may still need to be made for some of the blood-thinning medication.

If you are a diabetic with poorly controlled blood glucose levels, your physician will be able to help you sort this out prior to undergoing cataract surgery as you will run a higher risk of complications during the recovery process if this is not attended to.

If you are hypertensive, you will still need to take all your antihypertensive medications on the day of surgery. Do not stop taking these medications unless instructed.

If you are on drugs for treatment of enlarged prostate like Flomax and other similar medications known as alpha-blockers, you will need to highlight this to the doctor prior to eye surgery because these drugs may cause eye problems associated with floppy iris syndrome (IFIS) during cataract surgery.

Eating and drinking

Pay special attention to any special instructions regarding meals prior to surgery. Do not drink any alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to your surgery. Follow these instructions closely.


On the day of the Cataract Surgery, your face should be free from makeup, eye-liners, cosmetics or powders of any kind. You should also have a thorough hair-wash and shower on the morning of surgery. Wash your face thoroughly with a mild soap. Proper hygiene will also need to be practised during the healing phase after the surgery.

Dr. Gill will discuss more on what happens during surgery in the next issue of the Ipoh Echo.

For more information, contact Gill Eye Specialist Centre at 05-5455582, email: gilleyecentre@dr.com or visit www.fatimah.com.my.

Nur’s Parents Seek Justice

Nur Sofiera Natasha, 2, with her parents

The fate of toddler Nur Sofiera Natasha, 2, hangs in a balance. She suffers permanent disability of her right limb as a result of a calcium injection by medical staff of Hospital Raja Bainun, Ipoh (Ipoh General Hospital).

Nur Sofiera’s problem began when she was brought to the hospital by her parents for the treatment of a mild illness. That was in 2009. She was warded but was allowed to return home after 10 days although her condition was not resolved. “Fearing for her safety, we brought her back to the hospital for follow-up treatment,” recounted her mother, Husdalia Hussin, 30, when met at her Jalan Hospital flat recently.

The parents are disputing the statement made by Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, Executive Councillor for Health and Local Government, who had, in a press conference, following a directive from the Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, stated that Nur’s disability was caused by a virus which attacked her brain and nervous system while still in her mother’s womb.

“I am aghast why such a statement is made at this juncture. It now seems that my daughter is at fault and not the hospital,” she protested. “There were no such records on my child when I delivered her.”

Husdalia wants an open discussion with all the parties involved, witnessed by Dato’ Mah and the MB. “This will settle the issue once and for all,” she added. “There have been too many speculations and assumptions made thus far.”

The parents can take comfort that the matter has now come under the purview of the Health Ministry. An independent board of inquiry will be convened soon to find the root cause of the problem.


Repair, Regenerate, Recharge


Dr Terry Lee Lean Hiap, Kinta Medical CentreFacial and body rejuvenation is now at our doorstep, thanks to the opening of the new division at Kinta Medical Centre, a medical facility in accordance with all Ministry of Health guidelines dedicated to helping men and women turn back the clock, externally and internally, without surgery.

Age has an insidious habit of creeping up on all of us. We can hold the process in abeyance with expensive lotions and potions but at some point as we stare bleary eyed into the mirror in the morning, a question sneaks into our minds, “Is it time for a face-lift?” Where in days of yore, the only recourse was to go under the knife as in cosmetic surgery; today, the plethora of options is mind-boggling. And Ipohites now don’t have to go far to find it.

Critics may say that it is sheer vanity to spend so much time and money just to look good but according to Dr Terry Lee Lean Hiap, who helms the centre and has undergone approved levels of training and certification, his gratification comes from seeing his patients increase in confidence and self esteem as he helps them improve their appearance.

“We’re the first clinic to offer medically supervised treatments with a wide choice of options and equipment.  Kinta Medical has invested in some of the latest machines for facial and body rejuvenation and patients need not go to KL or Penang like before,” he said.

PRP Skin Rejuvenation

It is also the first hospital in Ipoh to offer platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for facial rejuvenation, thanks to its investment in a highly sophisticated centrifuge that prepares the solution for injection.

PRP Skin Regeneration Therapy, a type of regenerative medicine with the patient’s own blood, uses components called platelets in the blood to rejuvenate the skin. These injections are safe with minimal risk of allergy or infections. The therapy is found to have much greater efficacy in rejuvenating the skin, eliminating wrinkles, and reducing irregularities from acne marks compared with conventional therapy.

“It is effective particularly for crepey skin under the eyes (fine wrinkles) that are difficult to treat by conventional rejuvenation therapy.  Platelets contain substances called growth factors that activate and rejuvenate cells in the body. The growth factors, when released, induce the production of collagen and generation of new capillaries to rejuvenate the skin,” Dr Terry added.

Laser Therapy

For those with a fear of needles and blood, the clinic has a range of different types of lasers and radio frequency machines, each with its own specific action for different goals to be achieved. “I use both non-ablative and ablative lasers depending on the patients’ needs. I tailor the treatments after examination of the condition of their skin,” he continued.

Ablative Lasers

So-called ‘ablative’ or skin resurfacing lasers briefly direct an intense burst of laser energy onto the surface of the skin which heats water within the surface layers, causing both the water and the tissue of the skin to turn to vapour. This allows layers of the skin to be removed in a precise and controlled way to the appropriate depth. The skin then heals over a period of time, as new layers of collagen are produced. This intensive treatment can significantly reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face, neck, and other parts of the body. Acne and other types of scars and certain stretch marks can also be improved. For instance, a fractional CO2 laser is used to improve acne scar as well as for mole or skin tag removal.

Non-Ablative Lasers

The so-called non-ablative lasers have lower energy levels than ablative lasers and treats the layers of skin under the surface without damaging the surface too much. This lessens the recovery period after the treatment and reduces the number of complications that can occur. It is thought that the laser’s heat in the dermal layers causes collagen to be produced which helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. A Q-switched Nd:Yag laser is very useful to treat pigmented lesion like lentigines, freckles and melasma.

Full Complement of Services

Aside from laser rejuvenation, the clinic offers a whole host of other services for rejuvenation both inside and out. Botox injections are very popular and extremely effective in alleviating wrinkles. This involves the injection of Botulinum toxin, a material that has been known for over a century and used for medical purposes for more than 50 years. Its initial uses were for strabismus (commonly known as a lazy eye) and blepharospasm (inability to move the eye in certain ways). It has been used successfully in more than half a million patients since it was approved for removal of frown lines in 2002.

Then there are the modern soft tissue fillers Juvederm and Radiesse, which can nicely camouflage the mouth lines, the line running from your nose to the corner of your mouth called the Naso-Labial fold line, and the line running from the corner of your mouth down to the chin or jaw bone called the Marionette Line as well as plump the aging lip. Nowadays, the nose and chin augmentation can be done by injecting filler with minimal downtime and risk of complications.

And finally for the whole body, the clinic offers the original Swiss formulation MFIII sheep placenta. Given as injections, they are touted to renew stamina, vitality, improve longevity, strengthen the immune system, improve skin complexion and build stronger bones and flexible joints.

For Ipoh to have a one-stop rejuvenation centre is certainly a welcome move. And for Ipohites to move, be aware that the centre is now offering promotional packages on all their treatments, with special prices pre-Christmas and pre-Chinese New Year, after which their prices will be much higher. So make your appointment with Dr Terry Lee soon.

For more information: Kinta Medical Centre
20 Jalan Chung Thye Phin; Tel.: 05-2425333/2542125 or email Dr Terry at terryhiap@yahoo.com.

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Le Greene by Energiser Properties Sdn Bhd

Le Greene Development – Committed to Healthy Living


By Olivia Teh

Le Greene by Energiser Properties Sdn BhdProspective home-buyers are often, and all too conveniently, exposed to the terms “healthy living”, “green” and “affordable” in property-development descriptions; but which development can fully live up to its promises?

Apparently Le Greene, a housing project by Energiser Properties Sdn Bhd, can. The development, comprising a total of 290 units are slated to be fully completed by end of 2014, and will deliver a “first-in-Ipoh” project plan catered specifically to address and fulfil all three promises in a consistent, professional and sustainable manner. As Operations manager Joesephiine Chor affirms in our meeting with her, “we want to give our home-owners their Dream Home; and we want to give it to them at an affordable price.”

Healthy Living

“We have qualified personal trainers in our gym. At a low price, they can give residents a personalized service, and provide them with a fitness regimen most suitable to their body and health types.”

Le Greene by Energiser Properties Sdn BhdFitness is top of the agenda at Le Greene as part of fulfilling their promise on healthy living. In fact, the fitness amenities available on-site is Le Greene’s biggest selling-point, its niche.

Spanning over 1,600m square, the land consists of an impressive 2 storey, 5-roomed gym furnished fully with state-of-the-art US-imported equipment, a 25-metre length swimming pool, a badminton court, a personalised ‘track’ course for cycling and jogging enthusiasts, and a pantry and barbecue area for convenient after-work refreshments. A private sauna house, tennis and basketball courts will be built in the near future.

Joesephiine is quick to highlight that these luxuries are merely reserved for the residents. “Outsiders who want to join The Gym will have to pay a joining fee of RM1,000 and monthly payments of RM180. Memberships are by invitation and recommendations only.”

Le Greene by Energiser Properties Sdn BhdLatest Fitness Classes

Indeed there is a good reason as to why non-residents may be interested in gaining such a privilege. “The Gym”, aptly called, provides residents and members with the “latest fitness classes in town”, ranging from step, pilates, yoga, circuit trainings, cardio dance and spinning classes. Before embarking upon any exercise regimen, residents and members are also expected to stretch in the “Stretch Room”, which features a TRX wall – Ipoh’s only strength rope-training equipment. Other rooms include the cardio room, which is fully equipped with brand-new treadmills and elliptical trainers, and furnished with floor length windows overlooking Ipoh’s iconic limestone hills; the weight room which takes up the whole ground floor of the gym, and the “Spinning Room” which contains 26 state-of-the-art bicycles.

Security Top Priority

Ancillary to the ‘healthy living’ concept is also the developer’s goal to provide residents with safety. “We want to make sure that our residents feel safe here, so that they can freely use the compound as they wish. We train our guards in-house, and all the roads are completely surveyed by CCTVs. We have regular patrolling every 2 hours and a CCTV is attached beside the pool for constant monitoring in case of emergency. Everything is done in-house to maintain a high level of security”.


“People want to escape the concrete jungle. They want to come back from work, and be greeted by the green landscapes and surrounding scenery of the limestone hills.”

Le Greene by Energiser Properties Sdn BhdHaving scrapped prior plans to build apartments and additional unit lots in order to “limit the number of residents and to preserve the scenery”, the developers of Le Greene have turned their attention to providing their residents with a holistic, eco-conscious life. Accordingly, paver stones, instead of tarmac, are utilized to line the road as washing it would be easier, thus reducing aggregate water usage.

Furthermore, Le Greene has hired in-house landscapers to design the parks. “We want to make sure that our residents are greeted by lush flora from the entrance, to the end of the compound. We want this place to blend in with nature, with the mountains.” Joesephiine adds that some spaces may also be utilized as an orchard for residents to promote organic farming.


“Although the majority of our buyers are mid- to upper-range income earners, we want to make sure that young families and young executives can afford the houses too.”

Le Greene by Energiser Properties Sdn BhdPerhaps this is why Le Greene offers interested buyers the option of choosing between the 20×70 single, double or triple storey terraces, and the semi-D houses. These properties are being offered at market prices ranging from $233,800 to “around a million” for the semi-D properties, which will only be launched in the middle of next year.

So far, the response for the single and double storey developments have been well-received. “Around 90% of our single storey houses have already been snapped up at a private showcase held mid-this year”, says Joesephiine, adding that “our main customer base was made up of exactly who we wanted to cater to – the young executives and some Japanese expatriates.”

Increased Capital Value

Such encouraging response could well be positively correlated to the increasing capital value of the properties. The single-storey houses which were sold for $165,800 at launch date in November 2010 now have an alleged resale value of at least $233,800. Purchasers wanting to rent out the property can expect a rental rate of around $1,200 for a fully furnished unit. All single storey units are built on a “Built and Sell” concept; meaning the houses are fully completed with CCC (Certificate of Completion and Compliance) before the units are sold. Purchasers can shift in immediately upon signing the sales and purchase agreement and having fully paid for their units.

Similarly, the value of the double storey developments have increased by $90,000 from $298,000 to $388,000, with next year’s value being currently evaluated as exceeding $400,000. Rental rates start at $2,500 fully furnished.

Ideal Location

For those worried about the sustainability of these figures, Joesephiine assures that the supply and demand of the properties will remain robust going into the near future, as the developers are firmly committed to providing “exclusivity within this compound, whilst continually generating market and buyer interests in the properties”. Moreover, Le Greene happens to be minutes away from the North-South Expressway, as well as Giant, Tesco, Jusco, Maybank, Pantai Hospital and Sunway Lagoon. Convenience and the centrality of its location are most definitely important factors to this development’s success.

Sales Office: No. 10B & 10C Persiaran Greenhill, 30450 Ipoh, Perak.
05-253 2463   Fax: 05-253 2469   Email: ee7813@gmail.com
Joesephiine – 012-402 9109

We Love, We Care Fund Raiser


'We Love, We Care' by city balletCity Ballet Performing Arts Academy presented a production recently entitled, “We Love, We Care” at Dewan Leong Wan Chin, Perak Girls’ School in Ipoh. A total of 160 performers, ranging in age from 6 to 30 years old, were involved.

The two-hour production consisted of two parts. The first part was a ballet performance titled “Circle of Love”. It was a tale about friendship and love overcoming difficulties and tragedy. Jeremie Gan Wen-Jian, winner of the 14th Solo Classical Ballet Competition 2011, from Kuala Lumpur, performed with students of City Ballet Performing Arts Academy, Ipoh.

The second part was a musical entitled “Hairspray” a story made famous by Hollywood star, John Travolta. It was about an overweight, yet talented, teenager, Tracy Turnblad, who dreamt of being on her favourite TV show.

This charity production was to raise funds to acquire a medical vehicle for Klinik Lutheran, a charitable organisation that provides free healthcare services to the underprivileged in rural areas where medical attention is not easily obtainable. This vehicle will not only be used to transport medical equipment and supplies to rural communities but to serve as an examination room, especially for teenagers and women.

Klinik Lutheran is still short of its target of RM200,000 needed for the vehicle. Readers who wish to contribute can do so by contacting Phan, Chairman of Lutheran Church in Malaysia and Singapore, at 012-5757504.


Ipoh-Medan Direct Flight Resumes


Direct flights between Ipoh and Medan are once again operational effective December 1. The service is being operated by Unimaju Fly Travel & Tours Limited, a local airline company, utilizing Firefly ATR 72 aircraft.  Flights are 3 times per week, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and cover three destinations Subang-Ipoh-Medan and return.

Unimaju Fly Travel & Tours (UFTT) Managing Director, Habidi Zain stated that there was a demand for this sector especially for medical tourists as residents of Medan are interested in Ipoh’s medical services which is of good quality at competitive rates.

Habidi added that the cost of a one-way ticket to Medan is competitive from a low of RM148 to RM248 which is applicable to adults and children. Regarding the Ipoh-Subang flight, the one way cost is RM65.

One of the passengers taking the maiden flight to Medan was Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim who commended Firefly and Unimaju for committing this service for the benefit of the residents of Medan and Ipoh. “The timely commencement of this flight will also help the State and Ipoh City Council promote Visit Perak Year 2012.”

Roshidi’s itinerary in Medan included visits to his counterpart there and the Malaysian Consulate General and promoting Ipoh for VPY 2012.

Enquiries for the service can be made to Unimaju’s office located at the airport at 05-3137331.