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MBI takes action on unkempt vacant land


Ipoh city Council - MBIIpoh city Council - MBII often hear complaints from residents that no action is taken by MBI on owners of unkempt vacant land near their houses. Their main fear is of snakes and other reptiles living there. Frequently the excuse given by MBI for not taking action is that they cannot locate the owner.

However recently, the agent who looks after a large plot of vacant land adjacent to Lorong Pari, said that the owners were summoned by MBI to clean up the place which is overgrown with weeds and plants. I told the tractor driver not to bull doze the mature trees. Many birds nest on the trees and it is home to wild fowl. The  place has been cleared. MBI does take action; but it is slow and selective.

Meanwhile, MBI must provide written guidelines on clearing of vacant land to ensure that mature trees are not cut and reptiles and other animals living there are not killed. The land cleared is next to the river and there are snakes, iguanas and monitor lizards. These must be caught and released in a safe area. This must be the responsibility of MBI. We must not forget that all animals have the right to live and their habitats must not be indiscriminately destroyed.

A. Jeyaraj

Ipoh Echo bags tourism award for Innovative Media Category

Ipoh Echo Bags Tourism Award

Fathol Zaman Bukhari (Ipoh Echo ) receiving the award from MB Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir

The Perak Tourism Award Night 2011 (Malam Anugerah Pelancongan Negeri Perak 2011), held at the Royal Perak Golf Club on the night of Friday, December 30, was a fitting finale to Year 2011. It was organised with much pomp and fanfare befitting its stature. The organisers left no stones unturned to make it a night to remember. It was an occasion to recognise the contributions of those (entitles and individuals) who had actively participated in promoting Perak to the world. On a lighter side, it was another glitzy prelude to Visit Perak Year 2012.

Ian Anderson receiving the award for ipohWorld

Twenty one awards were presented to 18 entities and four individuals. Ipoh Echo with its more than 1 million online hits a month, was one of them having bagged the Innovative Media Category beating two other nominees for the title. The nomination criteria considered were circulation number, visibility and average monthly online visits and hits.

Commander Ian Anderson RN (Rtd), whose blog www.ipohworld.org.my registered an average of 12,500 visits and 290,000 hits per month, was one of the four winners in the Special Award Category (Personality). The other individual winner was Datin Roslina Ooi. Rosalina was recognised for her contributions to the state’s performing arts scene, which were second to none. In the City Hotel Category, Syuen Hotel was adjudged the winner while Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat was declared the best resort. Penangites Khoo Salma Nasution and Abdur-Razzaq Lubis were the surprise winners in the Best Publication Award Category for their numerous books and published materials on Perak.

The glittering event was graced by Menteri Besar Perak, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Zambry Abd Kadir, his wife, Datin Seri DiRaja Sharipah, Executive Councillor for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman and senior state officials. Popular Malay singer Misha Omar and crooner Hazami entertained the 400-odd audience with a lively rendition of their sentimental favourites. Hazami’s haunting “Sonata Musim Salji”, a Malay cover version of the theme song from the Korean drama, “Winter Sonata” captivated the crowd. Music was provided by Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris’s Kombo Hi-Sound.  Selendang Perak dancers performed an animated routine to usher in the crowd.


Street Fiesta


Football craze is hitting town big time. The Champions League final at Wembley Stadium, London between Manchester United and Barcelona on Saturday, May 28 is set to bring football fans into the city for a fiesta. Yayasan Bina Upaya Darul Ridzuan (YBU), not to be outdone, is cashing on the impending clash of football titans by organising “Street Fiesta” in conjunction with Ladies Uptown, the weekend bazaar at MBI Square.

Syahrul Nizam, YBU’s Community Management Unit Assistant Manager, plans to increase the number of stalls from the current 30 to 51. “This is in anticipation of the crowd that will fill the square before the live telecast of the match,” he told Ipoh Echo.

The weekend bazaar, a brainchild of YBU, has been operational for over six months. Food and other items on sale are being sought by visitors who come from far and wide. The bazaar provides an avenue for enterprising single mothers to start a business. They get to sell their very own products, food or handicrafts, to the general public.

“A dedicated stall selling men’s items such as clothing, footwear, toiletries, tonic, etc. will be established,” said Syahrul. “Baju melayu, songkok, baju kurong, etc. will also be sold since Hari Raya Puasa is coming soon,” he added.

The additional stalls will provide visitors with a larger array of goods and products to choose from. The heightened activities will definitely have an impact on business and in the process help the traders to maximize their profits.

In the lead to the final, which will be telecast live on a giant TV screen, games such as street soccer, street ball and street dance, will be organised. Attractive prizes await the winners of these competitions. “It’s an eventful night for everyone,” said Syahrul.

Those keen on participating in the games, can call Lynn or Ika of Perak News at 05-2557725 to register.