Ipoh City Watch (ICW) a non-governmental organisation whose aim is to make Ipoh the most liveable city in Malaysia, teamed up with Rukun Tetangga Jelapang and the Jelapang Sports and Recreation Club to set up a refreshment booth, for the very first time, during the recent Thaipusam celebration on Sunday, January 24.
The booth, located along the busy Jalan Sultan Idris Shah and next to the Telecoms building, was at an ideal spot where vehicles and devotees converged.
According to Dr Richard Ng, President of ICW, food and drinks were placed in reusable plastic containers and cups. No polystyrene containers were used. The objective was to teach people to stop using polystyrene. Well-wishers, volunteers and ICW members stood by the booth holding placards with messages urging the public to go green and be clean and to embrace recycling as a way of life.
“We hope our efforts can help kick start good habits among Ipohites and visitors. We’ve to start educating the public. This is in line with ICW’s motto, “Our City, Our Responsibility,” said Richard to Ipoh Echo.
“Next year ICW will again team up with Rukun Tetangga Jelapang and others to offer food and drinks to devotees and visitors while reinforcing the message on making Ipoh the most liveable city in Malaysia,” he added.
Present at ICW’s debut appearance during Thaipusam were Thinakaran, Chairman of Rukun Tetangga Jelapang, and Paramesawaran, the National Executive Committee Member of Party Gerakan.