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MBI Does it Part




In our September 1 issue Ipoh Echo highlighted the plight of the Merdeka Garden residents who constantly feared that the Pari River would overflow its banks each time a heavy downpour occurred. 

Echo also reported the actions that MBI and the Drainage and Irrigation Department would take to alleviate the problem before the end of the year.

On November 4, MBI Councillor Lai Kong Phooi called a press conference to announce that they had done their part which was the completion of the rubbish trap to prevent rubbish from flowing into the pump area thus enabling the pump to discharge flood waters effectively and efficiently.

MBI has committed to monitor and clear the trapped rubbish 6 days per week. MBI will also put up a signboard warning residents not to throw rubbish into the sump.

With the completion of the rubbish trap “at least 80% of the problem is solved”, said Dato’ Lee Kong Yin, BN’s Service Centre Chairman.

Dato’ Abdul Razak Dahalan, DID Director, when contacted on the upgrade to be done by his department responded that they had “recently awarded the work to increase the capacity of the pump sump and work would start this month”.

As for the residents they are ‘satisfied’ at the actions taken by MBI. “Now we have to wait and see how the system will work during a heavy downpour”.



Zone 2s Transport Woes



At the MBI Board Meeting held 2nd November , Councillor Shahul Hamid (Zone 2/Kuala Kuang/ Chepor/Meru) highlighted that his locality does not have a Public Transport Service. “It has been stopped by the service provider as it is not profitable”.

According to Shahul, Zone 2 consists of 11 housing estates with 5 schools. The zone residents consist of low to middle income families. Mayor Roshidi has responded that he would refer this matter to SUK (Setiausaha Kerajaan).

This is the second instance in six months that residents have complained about the lack of public transport. The first was during a ‘Mayor’s Meet the People Session’ at Kg Seri Kinta when village head Encik Tanian requested to have a bus service to which the Mayor’s prompt action in initiating one was met with a poor response and the bus service was subsequently terminated.

Meanwhile a follow up with the relevant authorities on the Public Transport Master Plan held last month revealed they are still ‘fine tuning the plan’.

Ipoh Echo feels that the state should look at subsidizing bus companies as part of its social responsibility to the residents. Residents from the outlying suburbs wishing to take a taxi to Ipoh have to pay RM8-10 for a one way taxi fare, a princely sum for a low income earner wishing to go the General Hospital.