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GM Cocktail @ The Bistro


ipoh echo issue 141, Impiana Hotel Ipoh GM CocktailThe Impiana Hotel Ipoh held its third successful “GM Cocktail” or Corporate Cocktail at The Bistro on March 23. Invited guests were served a variety of tasting plates specially created by newly appointed Executive Chef Michael Koh. La Villa wines, red and white were the featured wines for the night. General Manager Mr Mark Rummery thanked all invited guests for their support thus far and encouraged everyone to try out the new menu at the Bistro.

There were 11 lucky winners for the night who went home with dining vouchers, hotel stays and the Featured Wine of the Month. Chef Michael brings his specialty all the way from the Asia Pacific region and Indian Ocean to Ipoh, with a fusion of Japanese, Asian and Mediterranean. It is hoped that The Bistro new menu is sure to satisfy the most discerning palate.

Fund Raiser for Women


 ipoh echo issue 141, Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)The Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) organised a fund-raising dinner at the Tropicana Ballroom and Banquet Hall, Ipoh recently, with the theme “Happily Ever Laughter Nite”. It was also held in conjunction with the celebration of International Women’s Day 2012, which fell on March 8.

Guests of honour were President of The Pure Life Society Datin Paduka Mother A. Mangalam, known as Mother Teresa of Malaysia, and philanthropist Mr Koon Yew Yin.

The Pure Life Society provides shelter for needy children and Mother Mangalam, over the years, has provided for more than 2,000 children through it. She was a recipient of the Merdeka Award in the education and community category in 2010.

Dato’ Seri N.S. Selvamany read out a lengthy tribute to honour Mother Mangalam, who was born into a Hindu family, and how she came to be the co-founder and President of The Pure Life Society. According to Selvamany, the word “mangalam” means “blessing” in Sanskrit and indeed, Mother Mangalam is a blessing to many who have had the pleasure to know her.

In accepting the tribute, Mother Mangalam stressed the importance of social harmony and family unity. She expressed hope that family and marital guidance could be included in our school syllabus.

Koon matched Ringgit for Ringgit the amount raised from the sale of tickets to the dinner event, amounting to almost RM63,000. He also pledged to do the same for whatever amount PWW manages to raise in the next twelve months.

Entertainment for the night was provided by D’Belle Dance Group, saxophonist Mann G and The Instant Café Theatre Company’s Jo Kukatas and Kuah Jenhan, who brought the house down with their humour.

PWW, registered some nine years ago, is a non-profit organisation that relies heavily on public contributions and sponsorships. It strives to empower women in crisis through education and skills training. Proceeds from this fund-raising initiative will be used to fund the operational costs of PWW as well as programmes that are in line with the mission and vision of the society.


Muaythai Fit Warrior (Northern Zone)


About fifty pugilists from Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak gathered at Ipoh’s Muaythai Academy recently to fight for the honour of representing northern zone in the Muaythai Fit Warrior National Championship.

There were seven weight categories in all. Winners from each category and their first runners-up will proceed to Putrajaya this May to represent northern zone at the national championship held in conjunction with National Youth Day.

Besides winning cash prizes and medals, the top two fighters in all categories will be provided with intensive training to prepare them for the championship.

Winners at the Malaysian Muaythai Fit Warrior Championship will then represent the country in the Asian Championship to be held in Iraq in May and the World Championship in Russia in September.

The Ipoh bouts were won by: Azyzie Aziz from Kedah (48-51kg), Mohamad Firdaus B. Janai from Kedah (51-54kg), Muhammad Qhalid from Kedah (54-57kg), Wan Muhamad Ridzuan from Perak (57-60kg), Azman B. Rezali from Perak (60-63.5kg), Azhar Zakaria from Kedah (63.5-67kg) and Muhammad Sayuti from Perak (67-71kg).


Gift of Dictionaries


ipoh echo issue 141, Rotary Club of Sitiawan, Rotary Club of USJ Petaling JayaThe Rotary Club of Sitiawan, with the collaboration of the Rotary Club of USJ Petaling Jaya, handed over some 3,600 dictionaries to students from Manjung District recently. Dr V. Gurunathan, the club’s PRO, said that the gift of dictionaries to students from Chinese, Indian and Malay schools is one of the many community-oriented programmes that Rotary Club of Sitiawan had in its pipeline. The students were required to write a simple essay in English on why they wished to own a dictionary. The response was overwhelming.  Rotary Club of Sitiawan plans to do more for the hard-core poor, the aged and the physically and intellectually handicapped. Present at the handing-over ceremony were members of Rotary Club USJ Petaling Jaya.


Time to Buck up Guys


 ipoh echo issue 141, Perak football, SeladangsIt’s definitely not time for fans to hold candlelight vigils or hold mass protest outside the Perak FA headquarters. But the time has arrived for Perak to sort things out and perform. Three defeats in their last four games have seen them slip down the pecking order to seventh place in the league, behind the likes of Negeri Sembilan and T-Team FC.

It has always been maintained that this Seladang squad is moderate, but well capable of ranking higher in the league. After surrendering their unbeaten home record to Lions XII, the classy touch has gone from their style of play. The FA Cup win against ATM was a rather scrappy affair while their performance in the 2-2 draw with PKNS was subdued.

Nevertheless, the fans have plenty of hope for the team. It is a known fact that the Seladangs biggest chance for silverware would be the FA Cup. But predictably, they failed to dispatch Terengganu in the quarter finals last month. That poor form was carried into their next game where Kelantan outshone them in Ipoh, winning by 2-0 in the process.it hard to convert chances. However, they became a serious problem when Norizan Bakar’s men were thrashed 3-0 at home by Kedah. Perak were absolutely shambolic on the day, struggling to match Kedah’s hardworking squad, while also showing no real determination on the pitch.

Yes, Perak did secure a much needed 2-1 victory against Kuala Lumpur on  April 7, but Norizan Bakar’s men were back to square one after yet another 1-2 defeat to Lions XII four days later. The Seladangs showed glimpses of their impressive form against V. Sundramoorthy’s men, but failed to sustain it for the whole match. Expectedly, Michal Kubala was perhaps the only Perak player that showed initiative during the match, working hard in midfield and scoring the equaliser.

The cracks within their confidence are beginning to increase and the pressure from fans is totally justified. There is a significant difference between losing and being defeated with dignity. While there is still time for a revival in fortune, it’s about time the Perak players buck up and work harder. Donning a Seladang jersey isn’t just about playing football; it’s about pride and dignity.


KVWO: On a Musical Journey


The Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra which was formed in 2010 will be embarking on another musical journey again, this time to Taiwan.

 ipoh echo issue 141, Kinta Valley Wind Orchestra (KVWO)According to Eugene Pook, KVWO’s Music Director their ‘journey’ began last July when they presented their ‘Around The World in 80 Minutes’ performance at a local hotel here as part of the PSPA’s Perak Performing Arts Festival 2011. After their performance there was an enquiry whether KVWO could do a performance in Penang.

Their first out-of-state performance in Penang was held in January this year. The Charity Musical Show 2012 was held in aid of the Mount Miriam Cancer Hospital which raised a whopping RM88,888.

Immediately after the show, “I was approached to enquire if we could perform in Taiwan” said a smiling Pook. Hence this coming June KVWO will be travelling for their first ever international performance in Taiwan.

Their stay in Taiwan will be sponsored by the Taiwan City Council and Tamkang University. The orchestra will have two performances to help raise funds for Taiwan’s aborigine community as well as scholarships for Taiwan’s Tamkang students.

To help raise funds for their passage to Taiwan, the KVWO together with the soon-to-be launched Perak Philharmonic Orchestra and ‘Friends’ held a fund-raising performance themed ‘For The Love of Music’ at The Dome, Meru Valley Golf & Country Club on April 8.

For Pook, these ‘invites’ are aligned with the orchestra’s aspiration which is “to put Ipoh/Kinta Valley on the world map” but more so to “give the orchestra’s student musicians an opportunity on an international stage and participate in an exchange programme”.

Considering that the orchestra is just two years old and has been invited to perform twice within 12 months, is an excellent recognition of the orchestras’ talents. However, Pook humbly shrugged off the statement preferring to thank their main sponsor KL Kepong Group and also The Haven and MVGCC for their continuous support of this community orchestra.


New Police Beat Base


 ipoh echo issue 141, police beat base ipoh, Gebang MalamMayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim and Deputy Chief Police Officer, Dato’ Zakaria Yuof jointly declared opened the newly built RM33,000 police beat base at Ipoh’s popular night market, Gebang Malam recently. The siting of the base in this part of the city is to ensure safety and security for visitors to this thriving flea market. The area around Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azar is a noted hot spot known for its many petty crimes. The base will be manned by the Police and the council’s enforcement officers.

“Joint-patrolling is an effective way to combat crime,” said the mayor in his opening remarks. “The physical presence of security personnel is a good deterrence. Moreover, it’s part of the much-lauded Government Transformation Programme to improve the quality of public services and to increase efficiency and transparency,” he added.

Since mobility is essential, patrolling will be done in multi-purpose vehicles supplied by the Police and the Council. “The objective is to get the personnel to the troubled spot in double-quick time,” said Zakaria to reporters.

There are two other bases in the city which are similarly managed. One is located at Polo Ground and the other at Little India in downtown Ipoh.


Students Win Excellence Awards


ipoh echo issue 141, Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO)Four engineering students of Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO) won excellence awards for their entry at the National Innovation Competition held in Perlis in April of last year. The quartet, Nur Zurika Muhammad, Farhana Abu Hassan, Lim Tian How and Kee Shen May, all in their twenties, received the awards at the polytechnic’s 41st convocation ceremony on Monday, April 2. Their entry, a custom-made alarm system codenamed 3S’ System, won a placing in the competition. The awards were given away by DYTM Raja Muda Perak, Raja Nazrin Shah, along with their diplomas, during the convocation ceremony.


Aiding the Needy


 ipoh echo issue 141, Hedd IndustriesHedd Industries (M) Sdn Bhd, an Ipoh-based management consultancy, donated RM50,000 to Persatuan Seruan Islam Perak (PSIP) as part of its corporate social responsibility to the local community. A handing-over ceremony was held for the purpose at the society’s hall in Jalan Seruan off Jalan Dr Raja Nazrin Shah recently. The money is for the establishment of a training school for Muslim women on the society’s premises. Dato’ Hj Musa Hj Nordin, Executive Chairman of Kuari Batu Emas Sdn Bhd, the parent company of Hedd Industries, gave a cheque for the said amount to the President of PSIP, Dato’ Sheikh Hj Mohamah Nor Mansur. Persatuan Seruan Islam Perak is a charity organisation dedicated to the caring of economically deprived and marginalised Muslims in the state.


Moving Forward…Ipoh Bug


Ipoh Bug which started in 2008 with the goal of ‘Developing Youth through Sport’ had an active month in March with their holding of the Junior Cup and the launch of their Football Centre.

Junior Cup winners (l-r) U13:Team Ipoh Bug. U15: Team Ipoh International School

The Junior Cup was held during the first term school holidays and saw five teams each participating in the U13 and U15 mini tournament with teams coming from Kedah and Kuala Lumpur.

The Under-13 champion was Team Ipoh Bug while the Under-15 champion was Team Ipoh International School.

Ipoh Bug’s Football Centre which was launched in early March has so far brought in two ex-National football players, Chan Keat Swee and Wong Kuw Fou to train its players.

Ipoh Bug Football Centre, 'more than just basic training'

According to William Chang, Ipoh Bug’s Chief Co-ordinator, the goal of the Football Centre is “to provide the boys with more than just the basic training to excel in the game with the target of preparing them to participate in league games”. The Centre’s weekly training is held at the YMCA field. Ipoh Bug charges a nominal fee for the training which covers field rentals and travel cost for invited coaches.

Besides the Centre, the club also holds football training every Sunday at the Rangers Camp, Tambun Road from 5.00-7.00 p.m.