85% Clean Ipoh


Ipoh Echo, as a service to the Ipoh community, will be providing a regular update on the progress of the cleanliness activity in Ipoh.

This is a followup of our report on September 16 where Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim announced a target of 85% of Ipoh will be clean within a 12-month period.

The issue of cleanliness in Ipoh involves three areas, Sampah, Longkang dan Rumput (SLR) or ‘Rubbish, Drains and Grass’. The three times per week clearance of rubbish has generally been given a good-job-done response. Hence for now we will focus on drains and grass.

The field of cut grass on Jalan Carlos Ipoh Garden

…but the drains have not been cleaned

Grass cutting has, in general, received a good report. Grass is being cut on a fortnightly basis as is the specified schedule.

However, in some areas the grass is not being cleared immediately or the next few days, especially for grass cut at fields or padang.

Regarding drains, residents from Canning and Ipoh Garden have reported that the drains there have not been cleaned and cleared even though the grass contractor had been appointed since July.

A check at the drains surrounding the fields along Jalan Chew Peng Loon and Jalan Carlos, Ipoh Garden in the vicinity of Hospital Fatimah, as well as at the field at Persara Ipoh behind the ‘Gourmet Square’ confirmed that the complaints were valid.

Canning Councillor Ceylyn Tay when contacted acknowledged that she was aware of the issue and has reported it through MBI’s e-aduan system.

Residents’ feedback indicate some improvements. They suggested that MBI should have supervisors overseeing the maintenance activities to ensure adherence.

Residents have also complained about garden waste not collected, dirty and weed-infested back lanes and illegal dumpsites. We will focus on this in subsequent issues.