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Outstanding Issues Must be Tackled by State Government

By A. Jeyaraj

The following issues are not new. People in power did not have the willpower to take action. While in the opposition PH assemblymen did not push for action to be taken. Now being the ruling coalition there is no excuse to sit on these issues which are affecting the public. Further delay will make problems more serious. Some issues are under the jurisdiction of MBI (Ipoh City Council) which did not take any action.

Second Public Hospital

  • Second public hospital for Ipoh is in the Ipoh Structural Plan 2020
  • No action has been taken for construction of said hospital
  • GH, Polyclinic and other clinics are operating at full capacity
  • During interim period, to cope with increasing demand, extend opening hours of existing facilities to ease congestion
  • Since the problem has been acknowledged, action must be taken
  • Talking about providing quality health service is not enough. Do it.

Annual Flooding

  • After heavy rains, Ipoh and other towns in Perak get flooded
  • After the major flooding in 2012, flood mitigation projects were planned to be implemented in badly affected areas like Kampung Manjoi and Lim Garden and funds were allocated
  • No action has been taken to date
  • There were two flooding incidents in Lim Garden, Kampung Manjoi and surrounding areas during the month of May
  • Residents live in fear of flooding whenever it rains
  • Developments upstream of Sungai Pari will cause flooding downstream
  • Half of Holland is below sea level and the country has no flooding. Get advice from them.

Acute Parking Problem

  • Getting a parking place in any part of Ipoh is like striking a lottery
  • Not possible even to get illegal parking spot
  • During implementation of one way traffic flow system in the seventies, parking bays were planned to be constructed at strategic locations. This was not done
  • Over the years this has aggravated the problem
  • Many tourists are coming nowadays and aggravating the situation
  • Businesses would lose customers
  • This mess must be solved

Stray cattle problem

  • Stray cattle can be seen in many places in Ipoh
  • Signboards warning of cattle can be seen in housing estates
  • Fatal accidents have taken place
  • Residents in many housing estates have complained of the problem
  • The places where cattle graze, stinks of urine and cow dung
  • Ban rearing of cattle within towns and allocate places outside the towns to rear cattle
  • Provide quality of life to ratepayers

 Decentralise Public Transport

  • Buses are for the service of the people and must go to them
  • Allow express buses to operate from strategic satellite hubs as before
  • This would be convenient and economical for operators and passengers
  • Relook into routes of town buses which now travel with just a couple of passengers or empty
  • Get feedback from public for routes
  • Feeder buses may be a solution
  • Minibuses would be more suitable for town routes
  • Encourage people to use public transport to ease traffic jam and parking problem

Poor road maintenance

  • Quality of road maintenance is not acceptable
  • Pot holes are appearing very fast in newly paved roads
  • Stagnant pools of water can be seen in newly paved roads
  • Patching does not last long
  • Roads are uneven and bumpy
  • Look into specification and supervision of road maintenance
  • Present condition of roads not acceptable

Pedestrian walkway/five foot path

  • Ensure pedestrian walkway and five foot path are safe to use
  • They must serve their purpose

It is said “new brooms sweep clean”; I hope the new government does its job.

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