By Rosli Mansor
A total of 1000 Ipoh citizens participated in the 57th Ipoh Car Free Day (ICF) themed Happy City Day Celebration, early this morning.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md Daud said the selection of the theme aims to give awareness and exposure to the community about the importance of keeping oneself, family and the environment safe.
“In 2009, through the Government Transformation Programme (PTK), a total of seven National Key Results Areas (NKRA) were placed in the Safe City Programme within the NKRA to reduce crime rates.
“The programme is led by KDN and PLAN Malaysia which act as the secretariat of the Malaysia Safe City Programme.
“Safe City is defined as a city free from physical, social and mental threats,” he told the media after completing the Safe City Cycling Launch today.
Also present were, Council Members, Senior Director and Head of MBI Department.
The Safe City Programme outlines six immediate implementation steps, including the separation of pedestrian paths from roads; provision of bollards @ fences; washing / tidying bush / sheltered areas; lighting; security mirrors and closed-circuit cameras.
MBI has implemented the Safe City Programme since 2009, among the completed project locations are Flat Ashby, Greentown, Pusat Bandar, Manjoi and Buntong.
According to Rumaizi, related agencies such as PDRM PLAN Malaysia, AADK and JKM have prepared brochures, video screenings and briefings about the agency’s duties in crime prevention efforts in the community and society.
“Continued cooperation from all parties including local residents is very important in achieving the goals of the Safe City Programme,” he said.
Safe City Cycling, attended by a total of 300 cycling participants whose participation is free.
In appreciation of the participants’ participation, the secretariat had prepared 50 lucky draw prizes.