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What is glaucoma?

Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh
Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist

In conjunction with World Glaucoma Week 2012, Ipoh Echo talks to Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. Gill about this “silent thief of sight”.

What is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that result in progressive damage of the optic nerve (the “main cable” that carries visual information from the eye to the brain). If glaucoma is not treated, it permanently damages vision in the affected eye(s) and results in blindness.  It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye (aqueous humour).

Glaucoma has been nicknamed the “silent thief of sight” because the vision loss normally occurs gradually over a long period of time without significant symptoms until you eventually lose significant vision. In other words, it means that one will only notice poor vision when the disease is serious and the damage to the optic nerve is advanced.

Worldwide, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness after cataracts. Glaucoma affects one in 200 people aged fifty and younger, and one in 10 over the age of eighty. As many as 6 million people are blind in both eyes from glaucoma today. Most of these people were once unaware they had this disease until they lost significant vision in one or both eyes.

One reason why a person may not realise that he or she is losing vision is because the vision loss involves the peripheral part of a person’s vision.  This peripheral vision loss is the reason why it goes unnoticed by the patient until the very late stage when the central vision starts being affected. Rarely, in some patients there may be symptoms of slight eye discomfort, mild headache and haloes around lights.

Any person who is 40 years and above should go for glaucoma screening. More so, if you have a family history of glaucoma and have never been screened for glaucoma yourself, you should go for an eye check as soon as you can.

More on Glaucoma in the next issue.

For more information, contact Gill Eye Specialist Centre at 05-5455582, email: gilleyecentre@dr.com or visit www.fatimah.com.my.

Orientation Programme


Politeknik Ungku Omar Ipoh Orientation ProgrammeThe Diploma of Finance and Islamic Banking Club of Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh, organised an orientation programme recently to welcome “freshies” to the faculty. The day-long event was aptly named “Program Tautan Kasih Persaudaraan” to denote its objective of establishing cordial relationships among students of the faculty. In essence, it was to orientate new students to the college environment and to instil in them a sense of camaraderie. Some have never left home and have never been exposed to living in dorms and among strangers. Over 180 Semester 1 to Semester 6 students registered for the programme. The first activity on the card was aerobics. Lecturer Ramu led the students through some light exercises aimed at loosening up joints and limbs. This was followed by a series of group-orientated activities such as ice-breaking (getting to know the seniors) and treasure hunt. The activities, though a little strenuous, were enjoyable as the students got to interact with their peers. The programme ended with the mass signing on a stretched banner led by Mohd Syazwan, the club’s advisor, as a form of endorsement by the college and the student body.


News Vendors Feted


Perak Indian Newspaper Distributors Association (PINDA)About a hundred members of the Perak Indian Newspaper Distributors Association (PINDA) and their families were feted to a sumptuous dinner by Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir at his residence recently. He was accompanied by special adviser Dato’ S. Veerasingam and Speaker Dato’ R. Ganesan.

Secretary of PINDA, P. Karthi, voiced the challenges faced by the 400-odd members of the association, half of whom are already above 60 years of age. PINDA, into its 46th year now, has set up a centre, Pusat Khidmat Masyarakat Amanjaya, located at its headquarters at Jalan Chua Cheng Bok, Ipoh. It will be opened by the MB at a later date.

Zambry, in his speech, promised to look into the problems faced by members of the association. At this stage, members will be automatically subscribed to the tabbaru’ insurance scheme, whereby upon the death of the policy holder, his family will receive RM2,000. Zambry pledged an allocation of RM50,000 for the association.


Rotary Club Greentown Fellowship Dinner

Greentown Rotarians Fellowship Dinner


Guests attending the Rotary Club of Green Town (RC Greentown) 18th Annual dinner were treated to a rich evening of culture and an overflowing of fellowship.

For a start the dress code of the diners was traditional costume. As the club had guests from the Rotary Club of Makati Edsa, Phillippines, the fusion of traditional costumes, was a rich mass of colours and lovely design.

Rotary Club Greentown Fellowship DinnerDuring the dinner the  Presidents of RC Greentown, Ipoh, Dato’ Dr Sushil Kumar Ratti and RC of Makati Edsa, Phillippines, Victoria Singson signed a Sister Club Agreement to signify agreement to work together on common projects and also have great fellowship together.

Other fellowship gestures that night included RC Greentown presenting a cheque of USD360 for victims of Phillippine calamities over the last year. Singson, touched by the gesture responded “it was not the amount but the thought that counted”.

Singson who was given a tour of Ipoh, committed to return to Ipoh again but with a group of friends “to visit the awesome Banjaran Spa, try Ipoh white coffee and shop at Little India” to which organising chairman M. Odzman Kadir extended an offer to host the Phillippine Rotarians. Odzman wears another hat, that of Perak Tourism Association Chairman.

Undoubtedly the fellowship that night fit the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”.


Rotary Club Greentown Fellowship Dinner

Restoran Splendid, Ipoh Garden East, Ipoh

SeeFoon checks out street corners in Ipoh Garden East


By See Foon Chan-Koppen

Ipoh is often touted to have more good eating places per square kilometre than most other cities in Malaysia. It is almost impossible to have a disastrous meal in Ipoh – (I know I can hear some of you protesting) – if one goes by certain rules of thumb when being adventurous and walking in to unknown restaurants to try their fare.

Without patronising the gourmands out there who read this column and who know all this, I am offering here a few tips to keep in mind for the food novices amongst you, when going to a new place.  Firstly, do not walk in if the place is empty. If it is packed to capacity, it’s a good sign. Secondly, as you’re walking to an empty table, glance around at all the other tables and notice what others are eating and what looks appealing. Thirdly, ask for the head person/boss/chef/whatever and ask for his recommendations, his signature dishes and lastly what do most of his customers order. With these tips in mind, it really is impossible to have a bad meal anywhere in Ipoh.

This is certainly the technique applied by my foodie friend Ginla Foo who brought us recently to Restoran Splendid in Ipoh Garden East. A corner restaurant on the slip road of Hala Bandar Baru Tambun, just after Citrus Restaurant, Splendid is only open at night and is packed especially on weekends when all the families are on their weekly outing.

Daily Soup and Weekend Specials

Restoran Splendid, Ipoh Garden East, IpohProprietor and chef, Soo Kok Yew, and his friendly staff will happily recommend his specialties particularly the ones on weekends which will vary from week to week.

We were there on a weekday and Ginla had ordered the menu which began with braised tofu topped with diced pork and black mushrooms. What was unusual about this particular offering was the base on which the tofu sat, which was a thin egg custard, which when scooped up with the sauce made for a creamy addition to the tofu. RM7/12 for S/M.

The soup of the day was the ‘Fan Got’, a type of taro-like thick root vegetable boiled with pork spare ribs and chicken feet. While most of the westerners at our table shunned the chicken feet, the rest of us Orientals tucked in with gusto, leaving only the root vegetable which is usually not eaten, being terribly fibrous and used primarily to impart its special sweetness to soups. RM15 for a portion for 8 people.

The Ham Dan chicken was next, chunks of chicken fried crisp with the addition of salted egg yoke which was delectably palpable on the surface. The addition of curry leaves added a further piquancy – RM8/12 for S/L.

Restoran Splendid, Ipoh Garden East, IpohAnother meat dish followed, the soya sauce/black vinegar fried spare ribs, tangy, not too cloyingly sweet and with just the right touch of vinegar. RM8/12 for S/L

Signature Prawn Curry

The next dish to arrive was one of their signature dishes, a prawn curry fragranced with turmeric in a thick coconut/milk based curry sauce that was very mild yet redolent with Indian flavours. Prawns at RM8 per 100g. Our dish that evening for eight people had 500g of prawns RM40.

Restoran Splendid, Ipoh Garden East, IpohHard on its heels were the Assam Fish Head, pungent, sweet chunks of fish head cooked with okra and long beans. RM6 per 100g; the Ham Yu Fah Lam Po, thin slices of pork belly sautéed with onions, dried red chilli and that overriding aroma of salted fish, RM8/12 and the Eggplant fried with belacan RM7/10, all of which were scrumptious.

As we sat there in semi stupor after all the dishes had been wolfed down with alacrity, the aroma of Wat Dan Hor (smooth egg rice noodles) wafted by and we watched with longing as plates of noodles and different types of rice dishes were served to the late ‘supper’ crowd.

Restoran Splendid, Ipoh Garden East, IpohWe asked for the list of noodle and rice dishes and was handed a very extensive menu with tempting items like Fried venison with dried chilli; bitter gourd chicken rice; dried chilli sour Mantis prawn rice, salted fish rice; special venison rice and sambal petai rice. We all then made a vow to return another evening to sample some of these which ranged in price from a reasonable RM3.50 for the simple noodle and rice dishes to RM8.00 for the fancier venison versions.

Restoran Splendid, Ipoh Garden East, IpohRestoran Splendid
#1 Hala Bandar Baru Tambun 18, Desa Tambun Indah, 31400 Ipoh
Tel: Soo 012-5738822     Open : 5.00-11.00 p.m.
Closed : every other Tuesday

malaysian super leage football - Seladangs

Seladangs Top Table


malaysian super leage football - Seladangs The Perak team’s winning ways is helping to consolidate its position at the top of the Super League table. The Seladangs secured two hard-fought victories over Felda United and Sarawak FA within the last two weeks. And with 15 points from a possible 18, the odds are on for Perak to shine impeccably this season.

After overcoming a tricky start to the season, Norizan Bakar’s men took on Felda United last week. The Settlers are a team known to prefer an attacking approach; something which the Seladangs were prepared for.

Goals from Michal Kubala and Lazar Popovic were enough to secure a 2-1 victory over Felda United. It was yet another typical Kubala performance, as the Slovakian absolutely bossed the midfield at the Hang Jebat Stadium.

malaysian super leage football - SeladangsA week after that crucial victory, a tricky match against Sarawak beckoned. Robert Albert’s men had the potential to set the league ablaze but luck was not on their side. Perak performed brilliantly that night. Michal Kubala opened the scoring before Fahrul Razi extended the lead. Sarawak managed to pull one back through Vedran Muratovich’s penalty. But that was not enough to nullify an on-song Perak side.

Norizan Bakar’s men are guilty of missing many chances this season. Their domination in midfield has been paying dividends thus far but their inability to convert clear-cut chances may impact the team’s standing in the near future.

Akhmal Rizal Rakhli has been showing great enthusiasm on the offensive but the same cannot be said of Serbian forward, Lazar Popovic. While country man, Kubala is already a hero among Perak fans, Popovic has yet to make an impression. Why is he holding up is anyone’s guess. There is definitely more to him than what meets the eye.

Tough clashes against T-Team and Lions XII are on the cards for the Seladangs. Maintaining their solidity in midfield is essential. The onus, however, is on the forwards. They have to be more clinical during forays into the opposite sides.

Whether or not the Seladangs are able to maintain their placing at the top of the table is yet to be seen. Speculations aside, the team will continue to impress fans the hard way.


Football Seven-A-Side MB’s Cup


Seven-A-Side MB’s Cup Football TournamentThe Seven-A-Side MB’s Cup Football Tournament, organised for the first time by Perak MIC Youth and Perak BN Youth with the co-operation of Perak Football Association (PAFA) and Ipoh City Council (MBI), saw the participation of 32 teams from all over Malaysia. The one-day tournament was held at the Ipoh Padang recently.

Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, accompanied by adviser on Indian affairs Dato’ S. Veerasingam, was on hand to present medals and cash prizes to the winning teams.

Pemuda UMNO Baling from Kedah clinched fourth placing while the third spot was won by MRP Ipoh. The championship title went to Team Cha Cha from Ipoh who defeated Mesra FC 1-0 to take home the RM3,000 cash prize.


Orang Asli Congress


Orang Asli Congress - issuesParty Pakatan Rakyat organised an Orang Asli Congress at Tapah in late January which was attended by over 500 Orang Asli who came from as far as Pahang and Grik.

According to Bah Tony, a member of the organising committee, the purpose of the gathering was to share information on Orang Asli issues around the country.

Selangor State Exco for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and Environment, Elizabeth Wong, who is also the State’s Taskforce Chairperson on Orang Asli affairs, said that Selangor’s main focus was to gazette all Orang Asli ancestral land for future generations. However, this was a tedious task as the maps available were very inadequate and the task force has to undertake community mapping which was taking a great deal of time.

Other distinguished speakers who graced the event included Opposition Leader Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and former Perak MB Dato’ Seri Nizar Jamaluddin amongst others.


MBI Launches Its VPY 2012 Programmes


Visit Perak Year 2012Ipoh City Council has announced that it has 12 programmes for Visit Perak Year 2012.

The programme which was launched by the State Exco for Tourism and Industry Dato’ Hamidah Osman, includes: a photography competition, currently on going till March 18, an exhibition and futsal and football competitions.

The annual Ipoh Star Walk and Ipoh International Run are part of the scheduled programmes. There will be two international programmes, the International Eco-Tourism Familiarization Tour (September) involving foreign media to promote the state’s attractions, and the International Youth Rainforest Exploration (November).

Dato’ Hamidah in her address praised Ipoh City Council for ridding Ipoh town of its ‘Ghost Town image’ with more lively centres spread out around town where residents can lepak (to hang out) at the end of the day.

Other issues highlighted by Hamidah included:

The 360 traders at Memory Lane/Horley Street will be provided a standard umbrella canopy to improve the image of the Sunday flea market. Currently the image is haphazard due to traders using a variety of umbrellas or no umbrellas at all.

Certificates of Appreciation will be handed to shop-house owners who have upgraded their premises whether by renovation or touch ups with a new coat of paint and still maintaining their identity. According to Hamidah, “although Ipoh has beautiful caves and hills the buildings in town are ‘assets’ that reflect the image of Ipoh of a time gone by.”

More billboards are needed to bring about the ‘Wow factor’ for VPY 2012. “Although promotions have been done, that ‘welcoming’ feeling is still missing.”

On the subject of homestay programmes in Ipoh which is currently non-existent, Hamidah has proposed to set up a programme for Ipoh. A homestay programme must consist of a choice of 10 participating homes to be recognised as such.

KTMB has approved a location at Ipoh Railway Station to be a Tourist Information Centre (TIC). The TIC is anticipated to be operational by the end of March.


Perak Muaythai Challenge


Perak Muaythai Amateur Association (PMAP)The first Perak Muaythai Challenge held at Jalan Watson, Ipoh recently and organised by Perak Muaythai Amateur Association (PMAP) saw a total of ten fighters in the ring. There were a total of five bouts; each bout consisting of five 3-minute rounds. The first three fights involved amateurs while the final two were pro-fights.

The first bout was between Mohd Radzi from Semut Merah Muaythai Sri Iskandar and Jamil Mat Desa from Kelab Tomoi Mahawangsa Bukit Gantang. It lasted two rounds as Mohd Solleh could not continue due to injury. Jamil was declared winner.

The crowd began to heat up in the second bout as Ezra Azerin from Muaythai Academy Ipoh, the venue sponsor, fought Mohd Farid from Kelab Tomoi Mahawangsa Bukit Gantang. Farid’s superior skills and stamina won him the bout.

The third bout, which lasted five rounds, was a thriller. Hard-punching pocket dynamite, Syed Mohd Idris from Kelab Tomoi Rockstone Batu Gajah sent his opponent out of the ring onto the cement floor below. Suffering no major injuries, Mohammad Azan Atan from Kelab Silat Seni Tomoi Petani Ijok, Selama, came from behind to win the bout on technicalities.

The first of the two pro-fights saw Mohammad Sayuti from Muaythai Academy, Ipoh defeating Mohamad Basir from Kelab Muaythai Langkasuka, Kedah with a technical knockout. The crowd was on their feet cheering on the winner.

The much-anticipated final bout was what the spectators were waiting for. It was between Azman (Man Burung) Rezali from Muaythai Academy Ipoh and Kelantanese Mohamad Faizol.

Man Burung, one of the winners of the World Muaythai Council Tournament 2010, who is attached to the 2nd Royal Ranger Regiment, Ipoh, lived up to his top billing when he was declared winner on points at the end of the final round. It was a proud moment for his Commanding Officer, Lt-Col Abu Hassan, who is an avid Muaythai fan.

Medals and certificates of participation were awarded to all fighters. Winners took home cash prizes. Azhari Mohammad, Director of Youth and Sports Department, Perak gave away the prizes.