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Criminals Getting Younger Says CPO


The monthly parade by Perak’s Chief Police Officer, Dato’ Pahlawan Mohd Shukri  Dahlan, was held recently at the Perak Police Contingent Headquarters.

The parade started with the inspection of police personnel by the Police Chief and followed with a speech by him.

Criminals Getting Younger Says CPO

“We’ll continue to devise strategies to curb the crime rate for the rest of the year,” he said, “We’ll strive for a safer Malaysia with a low crime rate so citizens don’t have to live in fear.”

Mohd Shukri mentioned the various initiatives taken under the National Key Results Areas (NKRA) of the Government Transformation Progarmme. Among them are the Police Omnipresence Programme that encompasses ‘High Profile Policing’, ‘Walk, Stop and Talk’ and ‘Feet on the Street’.

The parade ended with the presentation of letters of commendation to officers from the police districts of Taiping and Kampar.

At the press conference that followed, the CPO mentioned that from January to May of this year, out of the 3166 cases reported statewide, 1681 were solved. The figure represented 53.1 per cent of the total number, an improvement over the standard set by NKRA.

He stressed on the role of parents and the community in preventing crimes such as snatch-theft and drug trafficking by teenagers and youths from happening. The perpetrators, he said, are becoming younger.


Perak Theatre Festival 2013


Theatre lovers who witnessed the Perak Theatre Festival 2013 were not disappointed. Spanning a period of three days beginning June 14 to 16 and held at the Perak Arts and Culture auditorium in Jalan Caldwell, Ipoh, the festival was organised in the form of a competition between four theatre groups that took part.

Perak Theatre Festival 2013

The objective was to heighten the level of local theatre performance, as well as to encourage interaction among the theatre enthusiasts. It was also aimed at preparing the theatre groups so they could perform at the coming Malaysia Theatre Festival 2013.

The participants performed two plays, one a monologue drama and the other a modern drama.

Screams of joy were heard when head judge, Associate Professor Dr Abdul Samat Salleh, declared Badan Budaya Perak as this year’s champion. The team won RM3000 while first runner-up, MKD Kinta Theatre Group and second runner-up, Pertubuhan Bangsawan Warisan Moraza Theatre Group received RM2000 and RM1000 respectively.


Former Students Donate RM10,000


Six former students of ACS (SMK Methodist) Ipoh took time off work one recent morning to visit their alma mater.

They, from the Class of 1979 (Form 5), had collected some money for the school during a class reunion in Kuala Lumpur last year.

Former Students donate RM10,000

At the annual reunion for ACS/MGS Class of 1979, which was also in conjunction with their 50th birthday, old boys Ferric Yeong and Australia-based Joe Ch’ng, came up with the idea to raise funds through an auction, to contribute towards the development of their school.

The auction was well supported by students from the Class of 1979 who are residing in Malaysia and abroad.

In a simple, yet touching ceremony, a cheque for RM10,000 was handed over to Principal Mdm. Soot Mooy Ching.

The former students were taken on a tour of the school, which they left 34 years ago, after sitting for the Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE).


Will They Ever Learn?


editor deskBy Fathol Zaman Bukhari

No one wants to be on the receiving end of physical abuse, more so if the victim is a loved one. The number of battered women and kids are on a steady rise in the country. On June 2, a three-year-old boy’s body was exhumed from a makeshift grave at the foot of Gunung Brinchang in Cameron Highlands. The cause of death was abuse inflicted by the boyfriend of the mother, ironically a policewoman who has gone AWOL (Absent Without Leave).

This is not an isolated case but one of the many that have received wide coverage in the media. I am sure there are many that have gone unreported largely because the victims, out of fear and shame, have deliberately kept their troubles to themselves to protect the perpetrators. They could be close relatives, a father or brother or an uncle whom they prefer to “protect”.

However, since the passing of the Domestic Violence Act in 1994, and implemented in 1996, cases of abuses by spouses, parents and relatives are beginning to receive the attention they truly deserve. Although it is a welcome change, things are not as rosy as they are supposed to be.

The biggest hurdle and the ones putting up all the obstacles, are the police. I don’t mean the force as a whole but those who man the front desk at the not so glorious ‘balai polis’ (police station) that dot the countryside. The quintessential ‘balai polis’ has become an important part of our system as they serve a purpose, especially at this moment in time. With crime rate spiralling out of control the sight of this conspicuous blue-white building in the neighbourhood is a welcome relief. But sight is one thing, reality is another.

The fact that the Domestic Violence Act was only passed in 1994 and implemented in 1996, after tireless campaigning by women’s groups beginning in the early 1980s, says plenty about the whole matter. Apathy is the reason behind the charade and I say this with much conviction.

I had the misfortune of following one aggrieved woman who wanted to take a temporary protection order against her abusive husband not so long ago. The procedure requires the victim, if she is wounded, to report to the nearest government hospital where a one-stop-crisis centre to cater for such exigencies is in operation. There is one at the Ipoh General Hospital.

After being attended to by a medical doctor she will be told to make an initial report to the police personnel on duty at the crisis centre. That is where her problem begins. She will then be directed to an Investigating Officer (IO) at the district police station who is responsible to investigate and validate the case.

On that fateful day the IO in question was away on a course and his relief, a lady officer, was nowhere to be found. After many enquiries she was finally traced, and that only happened many hours later. Meanwhile, the woman and a representative from a local women’s group had to while away their time doing nothing. I stayed on to watch the fun.

When the officer finally arrived she took some time to settle. She gave all sorts of excuses for the delay and had the audacity to say that her computer was kaput when the rest in the office were working. When I pointed this out to her, she grudgingly took her time to take down the woman’s particulars and her complaints. While hammering at the keyboard she told the woman to settle things with her husband. “You go back home and try to make up lah,” she said.

Go back and patch things up? She must be mad. The poor woman was at her wits end and anything more would simply be suicidal. And this police officer, a woman herself, was telling the victim to go home and make up? What a shame. I was disgusted.

Once a police report has been filed the victim needs to go to the local welfare department (Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat) to initiate proceedings for a temporary court order. The restraining order is only issued by a magistrate upon receipt of the department’s request. Enforcing the order is the duty of the police.

The procedures are simple but front-liners, especially police personnel manning the front desk at the ubiquitous balai polis, are neither sympathetic nor empathetic. Their grasp of the laws on violence against women is shallow, to say the least. They need to be taught and be more sensitive to changes made for the good of the general public.

This does not bode well for the Prime Minister’s much-publicised Government Transformation Programme where fighting crime is one of the National Key Results Areas under the programme. To the policemen at the balai, however, it is business as usual. Will they ever learn?

25th Perak Youth Hockey Tournament


The recent MILO-MBI-MNS 2013 Perak Youth Hockey Tournament, which was played at Ipoh Padang and Stadium Azlan Shah on June 22 and 23, resembled a carnival.1

A total of 175 teams from throughout Malaysia descended on Ipoh to compete in the tournament which was open to both boys and girls in the U12, U15 and U18 categories.

The 25th Anniversary tournament was organised by Ipoh City Hockey Association (ICHA) in collaboration with MBI, Perak Sports Council and Nestle Malaysia.

Luckily for the organisers, despite the haze engulfing the south of the country, Ipoh was spared on that particular weekend and competitions were played on schedule.

The results of the competition are as follows:

U12 Girls: Bukit Bandaraya (KL) beat Maybank Juniors (1-0).

U12 Boys: SK Cator Avenue (Ipoh) beat Bukit Bandaraya Boys KL ( 1-0).

U15 Girls: Team SSTMI Kucing (Sekolah Sukan Tunku Mahkota Ismail) Johore bt SSTMI Helang (1-0).

U15 Boys: SMK Syed Hassan “A”(Perlis) beat SMK Syed Hassan “B” 1-0.

U18 Girls: SSTMI Jaguar beat SSTMI Cobra 4-3.

U18 Boys: Bukit Jalil Sports School beat Anderson Tigers 1-0.

Team SSTMI were the big winners for being champions and runners up in two categories, U15 girls and U18 girls.

In the U12 boys category, SK Cator Avenue players, Mohd Shamir Mohd Irfan was voted as Most Promising player and Mohd Danial as Best Goalkeeper. For the U12 girls, Kirandeep Kaur from Bukit Bandaraya Girls School was voted best player.


A Joint Art Exhibition


In a friendship that has lasted 46 years, artists Chow Ngan Moi and Lee Ben Thong, had for the first time held a joint art exhibition in Ipoh. Their previous collaboration was in Kuala Lumpur 15 years ago.

This exhibition with the theme, “Comprehension of the Soul” was officiated by Malim Nawar State Assemblyman, Leong Cheok Keng. Held at Lim Ko Pi Gallery in Jalan Iskandar, the exhibition was opened for a week from June 16 to 23.

A Joint Art Exhibition

There were 25 pieces of art displayed, with Chow showcasing her watercolour and oil paintings, while Lee contributed only his oil paintings. With 46 and 54 years of experience respectively, both artists concurred that it took a lot of practice to refine their painting techniques.

However, they lamented the lack of proper exhibition venues in Ipoh, where locals could be exposed to fine art and develop an appreciation for it.

Proprietor of Nothing Special Arts & Antiques, Chan Kin Mun, the organiser of the exhibition, said that he had approached the couple for this joint show as he was aware of the quality of their art.


Colonel Johnny Bids Farewell


The Chief of Staff of HQ 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Lt-Col Johnny Lim, 47, was recently promoted to Colonel and will assume his new post as Director of Policy Research at the Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security located in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.

Colonel Johnny bids farewell

Johnny Lim paid a courtesy call to Ipoh Echo office and was entertained to lunch by its editor, Fathol Zaman Bukhari at the Royal Ipoh Club. He took the opportunity to thank Ipoh Echo staff, especially James Gough, for their cooperation and support in highlighting the Ipoh-based infantry brigade activities. He presented a plaque to Fathol as a fitting farewell gift.

The officer, who served just under a year as Chief of Staff, remembers vividly several activities such as overseeing the security and deployment of troops along the Perak border, the deployment of troops to Lahad Datu during Ops Daulat and the close cooperation with the police during the run-up to the 13th GE as highlights of his short tenure in Ipoh. Apart from that, the Military Community Volunteering Open Day in April as well as contributing to the local community, particularly the orphanages, remains close to his heart.

Asked what he would miss most? The Johore-born and Sandhurst-trained colonel candidly admitted that the local food, wonderful bistros and many good friends he had made would top the list. “I’d gladly return on weekends given half the chance,” he quipped.


SeeFoon revisits an old favourite


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By See Foon Chan-Koppen

Yum Yum was one of the first restaurants I was introduced to when I first arrived in Ipoh 17 years ago. I became an instant fan, for nowhere had I tasted such an interesting blend of Nyonya, Thai flavours with Chinese influences thrown in. Essentially the style of cooking is Peranakan and over the years, embellished by the creativity of the chef.

A meal at Yum Yum is incomplete without the Asam Fish Head which arrives usually as half a head, absolutely fresh from the market, swimming in a delightfully colourful soup/gravy punctuated by chunks of ladies fingers and tomatoes. The sauce is robust, acidified by asam or tamarind which gives it its eponymous name, tangy without being fiery, well seasoned and umami.

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I am a creature of habit and will tend to order my favourite dishes whenever I go there. Aside from the Asam Fish Head, the must-haves for me include the Asam Petai Sambal Prawns, again that ubiquitous ingredient, asam or tamarind blended with belacan or shrimp paste, shallots and chilli and sautéed with a mixture of petai and prawns. Petai has earned its nickname ‘stink bean’ because its strong smell is very pervasive. However, it is touted to be very good for health and many locals love it.

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Another dish here that I invariably order, especially if I have friends from overseas, is their Pandan Chicken, well marinated morsels of chicken, wrapped in coconut leaves and deep fried. These tasty titbits are great as appetizers.

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One dish that appears innocuously simple, the fried eggs topped with minced meat, for some reason of kitchen wizardry, never fails to appeal to my taste buds, the fried egg with its yoke still intact and not totally hard, topped with well seasoned sautéed minced meat. Another of my favourites is their soft tofu topped with minced meat, the tofu, silky smooth contrasting with the grainy texture of the minced meat.

I especially like to go there on Fridays when they have their special Siamese Laksa. Unlike the Asam Laksa which is found everywhere and different from the curry mee which is equally common, a lemak laksa is hard to find in Ipoh. The one served here at Yum Yum is fragrant, creamy, and the sauce coaxed from a generous boiling down of fish bones and flesh.

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Also on Fridays, they may have other specials. Ask for them. They are usually yummy at Yum Yum.

Suggested Dishes:

Gulai Tumis Style or Fish Curry without coconut milk – 400g RM26 onwards
Assam Fish Head Curry – 400g RM26 onwards
Assam Petai Sambal Prawns – RM15 (S)
Yum Yum Pandan Chicken – RM3.60 per piece
Thai Kerabu Mango – RM9 (S)
Yum Yum Fried Eggs with Minced Meat – RM9 (S)
Yum Yum Fried Brinjal – RM9 (S)
Friday Special Siamese Laksa – RM6 per set
Hot Dessert (Fried Fu Pei)

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Yum Yum (Pork Free)
5 Persiaran Greenhill (New Town)
Tel: 05-253 7686
Business Hours: noon-3pm and 6pm-10pm; closed Wednesdays
GPS:  4° 35.953’N, 101° 5.283’E

Corneal Ulcers

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

Eye Health

Ipoh Echo’s EYE HEALTH series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. GILL talking to us about CORNEAL ULCERS.

In the previous issue of the Ipoh Echo, Dr Gill talked about corneal abrasions. In this issue, he speaks about corneal ulcers. When a corneal abrasion gets INFECTED, it results in a corneal ulcer formation. Corneal ulcers are serious eye infections that may even result in blindness.


The affected eye will be red and often painful. The pain may be quite severe as the cornea is a sensitive part of the eye. In most corneal ulcers, there will be a yellow discharge from the affected eye although in some instances, there may only be a mild eye discharge.

Corneal ulcers may often be visible when the affected eye is viewed in the mirror. The affected eye will often have a whitish or yellow spot seen on the clear cornea of the eye (see adjacent pic). You may also have blurred vision but in some cases when the ulcer is not in the centre but at the peripheral of the cornea, there may be no blurred vision.


Corneal ulcers are basically infections in the clear dome-shaped transparent outermost part of the eye. You can liken this part of the eye to the windscreen of your car. When this clear part gets infected, it is serious because it is an area of the body that does not have blood vessels to bring in the infection fighting white blood cells.

Trauma: A trauma to the cornea of the eye due to a scratch by a foreign body entering the eye is all it takes for ulcers to occur. The moment there is a breach in the cornea, organisms invade the broken epithelium resulting in a corneal ulcer. Disorders that cause dry eyes can leave your eye without the germ-fighting protection of tears and cause ulcers.

Facial Paralysis: Any condition like Bell’s palsy can predispose a patient to corneal ulcers. This is because the patient is not able to close the eyelid completely thus exposing the cornea which become damaged due to dryness. The dry areas of the cornea are more  vulnerable to corneal ulcer formation.

Chemical Injuries: Any injury to the eye by caustic chemicals may severely damage the cornea and increase the risk of corneal ulceration.

Contact Lens Wearers: Those who wear contact lenses have an increased risk of corneal ulcers. This is especially so if the contact lens wearers cut corners and do not adhere to proper cleaning, handling and disinfection of their contact lenses including the contact lens storage case. Additionally, soft contact lenses have a high water content making it easy for bacteria to get absorbed into the contact lens.

Extended-Wear Soft Contact Lenses:

These are contact lenses that are worn for several days without removal at night. Individuals using this type of contact lenses are exposed to a ten-fold risk of corneal ulcer formation. If the lenses are not cleaned properly and there is bacteria underneath the lens, then these bacteria may multiply and get into the cornea should there be a small breach in the corneal surface. This is more so if the contact lenses have tiny scratches at the edges that may cause micro-abrasions and finally end up as corneal ulcers if they get infected.

Should you develop a red eye with discharge and blurring vision, do not ignore it but do seek professional eye treatment promptly.

For more information, call Gill Eye Specialist Centre at Hospital Fatimah (05-545 5582) or email gilleyecentre@dr.com.

Is Indah Water Polluting Kinta River?


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Is Indah Water polluting Kinta RiverWhile visiting the Palong Tin Museum I noticed that the Indah Treatment Plant in Waller Court was pumping soapy water into the Kinta River. Plenty of foam was floating at the discharge point. Since the water in the river was hardly flowing, the foam was floating up to the middle of the river.

I spoke to Hamdi bin Bawan, Unit Manager of Indah Water, on the situation. The following day he called me and said that there was a malfunction in the plant and the problem had been solved. He thanked me for bringing this to his attention. However, when I visited the place a few days later I noticed that soapy water was still being discharged into the river.

I went to the Indah Treatment Plant in Merdeka Garden to see the situation there. I noticed that water was flowing out of the plant into the drain; it was gravity flow. The water was normal, not foamy.

Can Indah Water assure that the water being discharged is not polluting the river? What is the composition of the water? It is just upstream from the equipment that is measuring the quality of water in the river. Will this affect the measurement?

A. Jeyaraj