By Rosli Mansor
The director of Perak State Irrigation and Drainage Department (JPS), Dato’ Ir Dr Ahmad Anuar Othman urged Perakeans to care for rivers and its surroundings for the betterment of the environment.
“The state government, especially JPS, welcomes and supports the effort of Palazzo Development Sdn Bhd for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities,” he said. “Palazzo’s initiative not only assisted in JPS’ work but also improved the desirability of the river bank as a recreational area.”
Ahmad Anuar said that the Perak River is about 9000km long and it is difficult for his department to be conducting beautifying and cleaning works simultaneously.
“The Perak River provides around 60 per cent of water source for Perakeans. Thus we should be following in the steps taken by Palazzo,” he said after visiting the Pinji River bank which is in the proximity of Palazzo’s residential development site recently.
Palazzo is a subsidiary of Team Keris Berhad (TKB) which is currently actualising a residential condominium project at Taman Ipoh Impian in Tambun.
Director of TKB, Anuar Abu Hassan mentioned that the main objective for the joint CSR between JPS and Palazzo was to focus on the improvement and cleanliness of the Pinji River and its surroundings.
“This initiative is a good investment towards not only the community but also our future generations,” he mentioned.
Jason Chua, 23, a resident near Pinji River said the managing authority had taken a smart step.
“If efforts to beautify the river are done properly, other residents need not travel a long way for recreational purposes anymore,” he said. “This area is rich in greenery and far from the fast pace of the city.”