by Rosli Mansor
A total of nine notices of temporary suspension of operations including cautionary warnings were issued to premises in the city, which conduct operations in areas identified as being at high risk of water current disasters, floods and sloping areas.
The mayor of Ipoh, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin, said the decision was made to avoid any untoward incident and ensure that they take precautionary measures.
He further said that a total of eight notices of temporary suspension of operations and one cautionary warning notice had been issued to the premises recently, which were effective until Wednesday (December 21).
“Following the warning notification on 16 December from the Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) regarding thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds that are expected to continue until the end of the year. Especially in the east coast states. The Department of Local Government, Ministry of Local Government Development has issued instructions for the suspension of operations in high-risk locations until December 20.
“Among the premises that have been notified are, D’ Aini Chalet; M&F Agro Resort, Dmec Waterfall Cafe, Tingkat Valley, D’ Sungai Meru, D’ Lereng Adventure Camp & Resort, Sunnebeam Paradise, Glamping & Floating Villa Lost World Of Tambun and The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat,” he said.
Rumaizi said this while presiding over the December Full Council Meeting at the MBI Meeting Hall on Thursday.
He also said that MBI’s recent monitoring found that almost all owners of recreation centres in risky areas were aware and complied with the ministry’s instructions to suspend operations until yesterday.
He added that a monitoring team consisting of MBI’s internal department and technical agencies had been instructed to carry out periodic monitoring of 11 high-risk locations including tourism centres.
He said that the effort was made as prevention and safety measures, taken in case there were any signs of danger during the prolonged monsoon season.
“All owners of recreational, picnic and camping centre premises are requested to comply with the instructions from the relevant authorities and agencies from time to time to avoid any incidents that could endanger the public,” he said.