“We would like to express gratitude to the Ipoh City Council (MBI) for resuming the Ipoh Car Free Day (ICFD) programme which is very beneficial to Ipohites especially,” said recovery therapy specialist of the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM), Kathiravan Tangaraju.
According to him, ICFD is one of the healthy social activities which not only involves various ethnicities and cultures, but also provides useful health information.
“I hope that this programme will be continued even though we are still in the recovery phase. This programme opens up opportunities for non-governmental organizations (NGO) and government departments to promote beneficial activities such as health checks, exhibitions and others,” he said during an interview at his promotional booth today.
Mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud, said the ICFD this time ran on the slogan, “Cleaner, Greener & Smart Lifestyle”. It was aimed to improve public awareness on the importance of taking care of the environment by practising a green and low-carbon lifestyle.
“We also highlighted the theme of Chinese New Year celebration through lion dance performances, as well as the distribution of red packets (angpao) and mandarin oranges. This reflects the spirit of the Malaysian family.
“Before the pandemic, ICFD was held monthly along Jalan Raja Dihilir and Jalan Greentown beginning 22 December 2019 and the last one was in February 2020. Today, it resumed following the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council (MKN) and the Ministry of Health (KKM),” he explained.
ICFD also received sponsorship from Top Glove Company which contributed 10,000 units of face masks and 5,000 units of gloves; F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd which contributed 100Plus isotonic drinks and Cycledios which contributed mandarin oranges.
ICFD is carried out on the fourth week of every month in line with MBI’s vision towards turning Ipoh into a Low-carbon City by 2030.