Ipoh City Watch, Rukun Tetangga Jelapang and PEMADAM Kinta (Persatuan Mencegah Dadah Malaysia) with the participation of other government agencies and private sectors jointly organised Programme Pesta Cahaya Deepavali & Kesejahteraan Rakyat Kinta to celebrate Deepavali with people from the Kinta District on Sunday, November 22 at the Jelapang Town Hall.
According to Associate Professor Dr Richard Ng, who is also Perak State PEMADAM Vice Chairman and President of Ipoh City Watch (ICW), the venue is chosen because it was here that ICW in collaboration with Rukun Tetangga Jelapang launched the First Community Recycling programme that has placed Jelapang Tambahan as the first village in Malaysia that has come out with a successful model for recycling.
Dato’ Hj. Samsudin Bin Hj. Abu Hassan, who is also the State PEMADAM Chairman, graced the occasion. In his speech Dato’ Samsudin praised the organiser and the committee members for their effort in organising the event which brings the people together to promote good health apart from creating awareness about their safety.
Among the highlights of the program was a Crime Prevention talk by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Suresh Kumar, Deputy Head of Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department, Domestic Violence talk by Ms Halida Ali, President of Perak Women for Women and Associate Professor Dr Richard Ng talk on PEMADAM 5-year Blueprint to Achieve Perak Drug Free Status by 2020.
The first one hundred children registered was given a Deepavali ‘angpow’ packet. Senior citizens and poor single mothers received goodie bags courtesy of ICW and Rukun Tetangga Jelapang. Participants were also treated to a Deepavali sumptuous buffet and performance.