The Ipoh City Council (MBI) further worked towards improving the quality of city services by purchasing 57 vehicles of various kinds and machinery involving an allocation of RM12 million.
The addition of vehicles and machinery is necessary following Ipoh’s rapid development with new housing areas and business hubs.
Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin explained that the purchase is via hire purchase loans with local banks to cover the attainment of the operation vehicles.
According to him, MBI made efforts to improve capacity in terms of human resources and streamline services machinery by increasing capital expenditure year by year.
“The rapid development has contributed to population density and the need for MBI to upgrade the quality of city services to Ipohites.
“Out of this total number of vehicles and machinery, 39 units have been received while the remaining is still in the process of attainment, which is expected to be completed by the latest mid-year of 2022.
“The purchase is to ensure that city services can be carried out at an optimum level, making Ipoh clean, green and progressive,” he added.
He said so during a press conference after launching the attainment of operation vehicles yesterday.
The purchase involved garbage trucks (compactors), Arm Roro lorries, backhoes, skylifts, forklifts, four-wheel drive Toyota Hilux, water jetter pressure lorries, crew cab trucks, passenger boats and tank trucks.
From the total, 14 lorries and two units of backhoes are for the operation of garden refuse and bulk refuse for 20 scheduled zones, while six lorries are for the cleaning-up of illegal dumps and rubbish at markets’ premises around Ipoh.
Three more units are for cleaning purposes at sports complexes and flats of Buntong, Wallercourt and Kinta Heights.
The addition of skylifts is to accommodate the operation of tree-cutting while the water jetter pressure lorries are to maintain the sewage system and clean up clogged drains to prevent floods.
Rumaizi stated that MBI has hired 105 new employees for the operation of garbage collection (60 people), landscape (25) and QRT (20).
“The process of adding more staff members will be carried out in phases.
“May the effort made by the MBI realise the vision of making Ipoh the cleanest city in Malaysia by 2023,” he said.
From the tourism aspect, MBI has added a passenger boat at Gunung Lang Recreational Park to accommodate the increasing number of visitors.
With the addition of a passenger boat, there are now a total of three boats for the purpose of ferrying visitors around the lake of the park in a more systematic manner.