Great news for food delivery riders around the city!
Ipoh City Council (MBI), with joint effort from the state government of Perak, is building rest and relaxation stops for food delivery riders’ relief.
According to the Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad, the project is slated to benefit some 1,600 riders, comprising those especially from GrabFood and Foodpanda.
“Each stop will be 50m square feet wide and consist of parking spots, a relaxation area, toilets, prayer space and a kiosk (for phone-charging), all based on the ‘Green Building’ concept.
“The entire project cost around RM500,000, with funds allocated by the state government via MBI,” he told reporters during a groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed construction area of riders’ rest and relaxation stop next to the council building today (March 7).
Also present were the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin; state secretary Dato’ Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim; Executive Councillor for Plantations, Agriculture and Food Industry, Razman Zakaria; and MBI City Councillor, Dato’ Mazlan Abd Rahman.
The locations identified for construction of stops are:
- City centre (an area between Ipoh Parade and MBI; along Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil)
- Meru Raya (facing McDonalds)
- Jelapang (facing Old Town White Coffee at Jelapang Square Commercial Centre)
- Tasek (facing Pizza Hut and KFC)
- Ipoh Garden (a field near Tesco Ipoh Garden)
- Medan Gopeng (facing McDonalds and Starbucks)
- Station 18 (a parking field near Tesco Extra Station 18)
Rumaizi stated that the project has started construction since March 5.
“All seven locations are being built simultaneously, while the whole project is slated for completion in eight weeks.
“Also, what’s worth noting is that the project is the first ever of its kind in the whole country,” he enthused.
“Food delivery riders are our prized frontliners, as they work tirelessly and power through elements of the weather to keep every one of us fed, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Movement Control Order (MCO).
“Thus, I’d like to commend MBI for headlining this project for the betterment of riders that are everywhere in the city.
“Hopefully, these stops provide temporary relief for riders during their work, while getting prepared to deliver their next orders,” Saarani expressed.