By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
IPOH – The Yik Foong Complex standing proudly on Jalan Laxamana has been a focal point since its opening around 1983.
However, every time one passes in front of this nostalgic building, there is a tendency to cover one’s nose due to the uncomfortable smell emanating from the clogged drain.
An Ipoh resident, Hisyam Jamaluddin, 53, is also affected by the unpleasant drain odour while walking in front of the building.
“The front area of this building is indeed dirty, with a lot of garbage, especially in the front drain. At first glance, it is noticeable, but when you look closely, the situation is very disgusting and damages the city’s image.
“This foul smell originates from the kitchen waste of food premises directed into the drain for years. Additionally, the drain water flow is not functioning due to blockage.
“The target of the Ipoh City Council (MBI) to make Ipoh a clean city by 2023 is far from being achieved. Tomorrow is already 2024, and several areas in Ipoh are still dirty and foul-smelling.
“As a representative of the people of Ipoh, I am genuinely saddened by the cleanliness level of the city, which remains unchanged. Small matters like this should be monitored and properly maintained. Otherwise, it will have a significant impact on foreign tourism, in particular,” he said in response to a survey by Ipoh Echo/Peraktastic.