Category Archives: Around Ipoh

Perak Paintball League

To encourage the young to get involved in the sports of paintball and to promote sports tourism, Ipoh City Council, in collaboration with Hitt Paintball Resources, will organise the second leg of the Malaysia Perak Paintball League (MPPL).It will be known as the Datuk Bandar Cup and held in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of Ipoh City Day.
8 May 13.
This tournament will also promote Ipoh as the ideal venue for extreme paintball. Plans are in the pipeline to bring in foreign teams to play in Ipoh, starting with top teams from the Asia Pacific region. Hopefully, homegrown teams will be developed.
There are two categories, namely Open and Division 4. Eight teams will participate in the Open Category, including Team Demonz and Raskal, two strong teams well-known within the paintball fraternity in Malaysia, while 22 teams will participate in Division 4. The champions will take home RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively, besides trophy and medals.
This is MPPL’s inaugural tournament and it will be launched by Datuk Bandar Dato’ Roshidi Hashim on Saturday, May 11. All are welcome to watch the two-day tournament at Ipoh Padang on May 11 and 12 between 8 am to 5 pm daily.


General Election Watch


Ever since the dissolution of the Perak State Assembly on Wednesday, April 3, political activities in the city are definitely on the rise.

As the political parties prepare themselves for the ultimate contest on Sunday, May 5, Ipoh Echo will keep abreast of such activities and will post them online. Thus readers will be informed of the various activities taking place within Ipoh in the run-up to GE 13.

Without doubt, the upcoming general election is being touted as the keenest election ever. Some prefer to say “the dirtiest ever”. Whatever it is, we at Ipoh Echo will keep a level head and report things as objectively as deemed possible.

BN's launch of their Election Machinery. Full house at Stadium Indera Mulia
BN’s launch of their Election Machinery. Full house at Stadium Indera Mulia

Our first stop is the launch of the BN Election Machinery held at Stadium Indera Mulia on Friday, April 12. The atmosphere in the indoor stadium was electrifying.  It was filled almost to the brim with over 5000 supporters from all over the state.

Zambry "we must work together as a team"
Zambry “we must work together as a team”

The event was officiated by Perak BN Chairman Dato Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir who in his opening address reminded the audience that all BN candidates picked were “winnable”.

“We must all work together as a team and not repeat what happened in 2008,” Zambry told the cheering crowd who reacted positively to his words of encouragement.

The BN Team reacts to Zambry's words of encouragement
The BN Team reacts to Zambry’s words of encouragement

With Zambry on the podium were former Menteri Besar Tan Sri Tajol Rosli, Dato Seri Husni Hanadziah and leaders of the state BN component parties.

On Monday, April 15, Pakatan Rakyat announced the party’s manifesto for Perak. The event, held at Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh was well attended by leaders and members of PKR, PAS and DAP.

April 15. Pakatan Rakyat launched their Manifesto
April 15. Pakatan Rakyat launched their Manifesto

Former Menteri Besar and Perak Pakatan Rakyat Chairman, Dato Seri Ir Nizar Jamaluddin who made the announcement revealed that the manifesto encompassed the principles of transparency and accountability, as well as welfare for the people.

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Later that night Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) held a ceramah at Kg Manjoi which saw a gathering of over 2000. PKR de facto leader, Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, announced the names of PKR’s candidates for the parliamentary and state seats in Perak.

PKR's Ceramah at Kg Manjoi where Dato Anwar announced PKR's candidates list for Perak.
PKR’s Ceramah at Kg Manjoi where Dato Anwar announced PKR’s candidates list for Perak.

For the state seats only three of the 19 candidates had contested in 2008. The number is the same with the parliamentary seats – three had contested in the 2008 elections while the remaining nine are new faces.

PKR'ss candidates for GE13. Bottom right Srikandi Keadilan (PKR young womens) Chief Siti Aishah
PKR’s candidates for GE13. Bottom right Srikandi Keadilan (PKR young womens) Chief Siti Aishah

Interestingly, over 80 per cent of the candidates listed are new.  This includes Orang Asli debutante, Amani William-Hunt Abdullah (Bah Tony), 60. He is down to compete in the Chederiang state seat.

Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail, 27, a PKR Wanita Youth candidate will contest in the parliamentary seat of Tambun. Siti Aishah will take on incumbent Dato’ Seri Husni Hanadziah.

While the big names are making their ceramah rounds in Ipoh, some interesting events are taking place on the sidelines.

DAP's Ceramah at Bercham was attended by Sec General Lim Guan Eng
DAP’s Ceramah at Bercham was attended by Sec General Lim Guan Eng

On the evening of Wednesday, April 17 MCA held one of its many ceramahs at Taman Pakatan in Bercham.

MCA's Ceramah at Bercham on April 17
MCA’s Ceramah at Bercham on April 17

The reason was obvious – to target the huge Chinese population in Bercham. Barely a hundred turned up to hear out the MCA speakers on the stage. According to a Chinese daily reporter covering the event, the crowd was by far the largest.   DAP held its ceramah a few day earlier.

Meanwhile, PAS has been on the offensive ever since. The party’s liaison bureau led by its chief, Dr Ahmad Nuri Al-Amin has been holding media conferences at the party’s Medan Istana office every alternate day since Monday, April 15. Ipoh Echo will report on these meetings.

Election fever is well on its way and it will get more feverish as the days progress.



The Octagon – Ipoh’s New Landmark

(r-l)  Lim  and Zambry viewing a model of The Octagon
(r-l) Lim and Zambry viewing a model of The Octagon

Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir initiated the groundbreaking ceremony of The Octagon recently. Together with Zambry on this auspicious occasion was State Exco for Local Government Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon and Perak Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) President Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong.


According to Dato’ Lim (above pic) the project is being undertaken by One Octagon Sdn Bhd, a company formed by PCCCI specifically to implement the project and to commemorate the contributions of towkay Yau Tet Shin, the developer who initiated the development of Ipoh New Town in 1908. The development then “consisted of 350 houses, a new market, theatre and a Mandarin school, as anchor attractions”.

Located on the site of the former Yau Tet Shin Bazaar at the junction of Jalan Raja Ekram and Jalan Theatre, the project named The Octagon, will be a 21-storey building project with three floors for a cultural mall, 14 floors of service apartments and four floors for parking lots. It is scheduled to be completed in three years time and will cost RM65 million.

Zambry, in his speech, mentioned that the State is considering gazetting the area surrounding The Octagon to become a cultural and tourism district of Ipoh.

Zambry (6th from right) with members of PCCCI
Zambry (6th from right) with members of PCCCI

Incidentally, the former Yau Tet Shin Market was a popular rendezvous for tourists to purchase traditional Ipoh favourites such as pomelos and groundnuts. Additionally, in the surrounding areas are located several Chinese clan houses such as the Qiong Hai Association of the Hainan community.

It is good to note that MBI’s initiative in January 2009, at a forum to redevelop the former Bazaar to inject life in the area, has finally come to fruition. With this kind of determination and perseverance there can only be one way for Ipoh to go and that is forward.


Mayor and Media Breakfast

Mayor Roshidi (seated centre) with the members of the Media
Mayor Roshidi (seated centre) with the members of the Media

Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim, held a breakfast meeting with members of the media in early January. Present at the breakfast meet was the Bureau Chiefs of Sin Chew Daily, Oriental News and Ipoh Echo together with Ipoh Councillors and the Council’s department directors.


In his speech, Roshidi described the media as a team member of the Ipoh Council for disseminating the activities of the Council and providing feedback for the Council to act, adding that he appreciated the feedback received when he met with the media for breakfast, lunch, high tea and special media nights, occasions which took place frequently in the past year.

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During the breakfast, Roshidi also launched the Ipoh City’s 25th anniversary logo.


MBI acts on reader’s highlight



On 3 August Ipoh Echo received a call from a reader that a “dangerous looking building renovation” was ongoing at the junction Jalan Tawhil Azhar and Jalan Mustapha al-Bakri.

3 August. Ongoing renovation without netting or scaffolding

A drive to the location revealed that the building had its inner sections removed but left the “original walls” intact. The walls were tied with cables and secured to the inside of the buildings.

A “Temporary Work Permit” issued by MBI was displayed onsite. However there was no scaffolding or netting erected alongside the perimeter of the worksite. Additionally the notice board indicting the project details was not yet on display.

Ipoh Echo took photos of the worksite and presented them to officials of the MBI’s Building department to get their views on 5 August. No comments were forthcoming other than saying they would “look into it.”

8 August. Scaffolding, netting and fencing being erected

On Monday 8 August workmen at the worksite were seen erecting the fencing, scaffolding and netting. A call to MBI’s Buidling office revealed that a stop-work order had been issued until all safety measures were in place.

11 August.All safety requirements erected. Project notice board is displayed.

Another drive-by on Thursday 11 August revealed that all safety features were in place while the project notice board too was on display.



Ipoh Echo would like to thank “anonymous” for highlighting her concern.


Around Town with Caroline


Lindee Beauty Centre

63a Jln Medan Ipoh 6

Bandar Bahru Medan.

Tel: 05-5455155 or 012 5075202

Sagging & wrinkled skin can now look youthful again thanks to a non-invasive Accent Radio Frequency procedure that diminishes the appearance of fine lines by stimulating the skin’s collagen production.

Another body treatment, the LPG Endermologie, enhances stagnant blood microcirculation and lymphatic drainage, releasing trapped fatty deposits and toxins, reducing cellulite, firming the skin and resculpting the body.

For radiant skin, their Diamond Peel facial sloughs off dead skin cells, exposing new skin to give a fresh youthful glow.

Kuku Spa

12 Lorong Tmn Ipoh 1, Ipoh Garden South.

Tel: 05-5451899

The best pampering for hands and feet can be found at Kuku Spa. Choose from a spa scrub to remove those dead skin cells on your arms and legs and follow it up with a paraffin wax treatment that will leave your hands and feet silky smooth and glowing. Top it all off with a manicure and pedicure from professionally-trained therapists and add a touch of glam with art nails. All equipment is sterilised.

P Apple Jewellery & Diamond

Lot G-15, Ground Floor, Ipoh Parade.

Tel: 05-2435730

Specialising in white gold jewellery containing alloys of palladium instead of the common nickel which can cause allergic reactions, the pieces are also rhodium plated for more shine and glitter. Imported from Hong Kong and using Italian designs, diamonds under F colour are normally used. A special promotion from September 1 till December 31 will see selected items offered at a 50% discount.

Around Town – Caroline


MAC Professional Hair Studio
Ipoh Parade, Ipoh.
Tel: 05-2539000
Hairdressing that cares for your hair, Mac hair studio specialises in perms, cut and colour with a full range of professional hair products from Italy. DAVINES contains less ammonia, allowing for use on allergic skin and its anti-frizz properties leaves hair soft and gentle after a perm. Packages on shampoo and blow-dry available.

P Apple Jewellery & Diamond
Lot G-15, Ground Floor, Ipoh Parade.
Tel: 05-2435730
Specialising in white gold jewellery containing alloys of palladium instead of the common nickel which can cause allergic reactions, the pieces are also rhodium plated for more shine and glitter. Imported from Hong Kong and using Italian designs, diamonds under F colour are normally used. A special promotion from September 1 till December 31 will see selected items offered at a 50% discount.

Branded Collection House
33, Jalan Medan Ipoh 4, Bandar Baru Medan.
Tel: 05-5497551
Ipoh’s own branded accessories boutique, as its name implies, carries original brand name bags (beware of the many copies in the market) such as Burberry, Coach, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Polo Ralph Lauren, Designer shoes – Coach, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, and not easily available Fragrances such as Juicy Couture, Abercrombie & Fitch and Marc Jacobs.

JT Linedance Centre
17A, Hala Bandar Baru 18, Desa Tambun Indah.
Tel: 016-5600240
Line dancing is an activity that is both fun and great for exercise and unlike ballroom dancing, you can indulge without the need for a partner. Tap and sway to music as you follow the teacher and fellow line dancers in set routines.
Wed 7.30 p.m.-9.00 p.m.; Thurs 8.30 a.m.-10.00 a.m.; Sat 9.00 a.m.-10.30 a.m. $25 per month for 4 lessons.

Around Town with Caroline


Chic ‘N’ Sleek Fashion

104, Jalan Dato’ Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden, 31400 Ipoh. Tel: 05-5489055
Specialises in wedding gowns and high fashion.

The SkinStation

BG1, Ground Floor Intan Business Centre 2, Lebuh Medan Ipoh, Bandar
Baru Medan, 31400 Ipoh. Tel: 05-5478 193

Fresh fruits specials for skin; uniquely blended with bitter-gourd, celery, carrot, cucumber and a cream base from Kutz cosmetics, Germany. The cream base enables the fresh water soluble actives to penetrate through the lipid membranes of the epidermis (skin) with the advance liposomal delivery system. Refresh & nourish your skin with a fresh supply of nutrients. Freshness you can smell but not edible (after mixing with the base).

JCD Industries

38, Persiaran Kilang Pengkalan 20, Taman Pengkalan Maju, 31500 Lahat.Tel: 05-3210392
Specialises in creative custom made, designer handmade shoes using crystal swarovski. Supplies to Middle East, Europe, etc.

Living Cabin

S28, 2nd Floor Ipoh Parade,105 Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil, Greentown 30450 Ipoh. Tel: 05-2558709
Imported gifts & souvenirs.

Ombak Day Spa


Traipsing Through Town with Pei Shyen

Ombak House

136 Jalan Foo Win Yin, Canning Garden, Ipoh.   Tel: 05-542 6811

Embark on a spa getaway while still remaining in the comfort and convenience of our hometown Ipoh. Traipse to Ombak Spa, just located in Canning Garden by taking the Jalan Raja Kam route after the roundabout. Ombak House offers a whole range of treatments, including Steambath, Jacuzzi, and its signature packages. Besides packages they also offer various single-treatment massages like Migraine Massage, Cellulite Massage, Tungku (garam kasar) Massage just to name a few. Prices start from RM15 to RM60. Packaged treatments start from RM70 to RM320, and includes Post-Natal 3 Days Massage for mums who have just given birth. Besides that, they also do facials and various other treatments. You’ll just have to traipse in to this rustic, Malay-influenced spa house to get a taste of it yourself!

Chic ‘N’ Sleek
102 Jalan Dato’ Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden, Ipoh.   Tel: 05-5489055   

H/P: 016-5504900


Chic ‘N’ Sleek is a tailor with a difference. Wonderful fabrics flow from Christie’s (the designer and seamstress) racks, showing rich hues and intricate designs. The material is sourced from Kuala Lumpur, so its influence is very traditional and local. Yet the designs are not limited to just traditional wear. You can of course choose the wonderful fabrics available to create your own lovely apparel. Material sufficient for a long dress costs approximately RM70, and workmanship will add another approximate RM250. You can assure good workmanship because beading can be done if chosen – not all tailors do this. Whether it’s for a dinner function, a cocktail dress or just whenever you feel fanciful, turn to Christie for your very own custom-made outfit and she will not let you down.

Seng Tek Frame Trading

107 Jalan Dato’ Lau Pak Khuan, Ipoh Garden, Ipoh.   Tel/Fax: 05-5463252

Each one of us has memories in our lives which we cherish, framing our best-loved photo moments in frames. A frame can add significant value and meaning to our favourite picture; it adds a touch of detail and sentiment to it, depending on what kind of frame we decide to frame our photo. Be it a frame for a photo, or a frame for an etching or painting, leave it to Seng Tek to do a good job for you. Besides framing, Seng Tek also does lovely custom-made oil paintings (which come from all over the world including Europe, Hong Kong and locally), sells glass and mirrors and ready-made frames.

Ren Kan Traditional Healing Centre

22, Pesara Ipoh, Ipoh Garden, Ipoh.  

Tel: 012-5663379,

016-5667821 [by appointment only]

I am sure acupuncture is not unfamiliar to many of us, especially the Chinese. Indeed, acupuncture is believed to have originated from China, and is a technique which involves inserting and manipulating fine filiform needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. Ren Kan offers acupuncture treatments by a Chinese physician. Other treatments involve cupping, skeletal traction, massage, treatment for frozen shoulder, strained neck, hip pain, muscle pain, men’s sicknesses and so on. A unique factor about Ren Kan is that besides being just a treatment centre, it also sells a range of organic food. You will find many health products on sale, so traipse in for a dose of good health.