By Francis Vije
As far as memory serves me, I remember playing football every evening on this wonderful open field at Jalan Lumut. Playing football on this field from the age of 6 till 18 was a must for me every day. Not only was it a place of relaxation but it was a football field for the younger generation. Nowadays, my nephew and his friends play football daily on this field. It is my hope that my son and his friends will be the future generation of footballers who will enjoy what used to be a magnificent and majestic field. This field used to be the pride of every footballer in Lim Gardens and also the envy of every footballer from the neighbouring areas.
Shame of Lim Gardens
Now at the age of 41, I still play football on this field, although only on the weekends. However, this field is no longer the pride, but more of a bane of Lim Gardens. Here is a litany of ‘sins’:
- The ground is uneven, due to cut grass not being cleared away, leaving clumps dotting the entire field.
- The grass is overgrown and grass cutting is not carried out on a regular basis.
- The drains around the field are clogged with no water movement and now provide an excellent place for mosquitoes to breed.
- The drains are overgrown with weeds and lalang. Even a small tree was recently spotted sprouting from the drain.
- The sides of the field are littered with garbage.
- Even the goal posts are all rusted and one of it is now broken.
- The fences at the back of the goal posts are broken with gaping holes in many places.
- The benches in the field are very old and broken pieces of glass litter the ground beneath them and are not cleared away.
- And recently, cows have invaded the field to graze and cause a mess.
As a long-time resident, it is my hope that MBI will take the necessary actions to preserve this nostalgic field in Lim Gardens. My recommendations are as follows:
- Dig up the whole field and level the ground.
- Have the grass cut at least every three weeks.
- Change all the drains around the field, so that the water will be able to flow smoothly without being stagnant.
- Have the drains cleared at least once every month.
- Put proper garbage bins at the sides of the field, so that the residents have a proper place to throw their garbage.
- Replace the broken goal post and have the goal posts painted with anti rust at least once every six months.
- Replace the holes in the fences with proper fencing.
- Replace the benches in the field with new ones. The current benches have been in existence since the 1970s.
- Consider fencing up the whole field, as this will deter unsavoury people from using this field and prevent cows from causing a mess in the field, especially at night.
Ipoh used to have the reputation of being the cleanest city in all of Malaysia. Now it looks like we may have a new title: The Dirtiest.