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Gotong-Royong With Mayor


Mayor Dato’ Rushidi Hashim participated in a gotong royong programme held at Taman Ampang, Ipoh recently. Over a hundred participants, comprising residents of Taman Ampang and staff of city council were involved in the clean-up operation around the housing estate.

The mayor was visibly pleased with the turnout. “The residents’ response is most encouraging,” he said.

Similar programmes will be held in other parts of the city in line with the council’s mission of keeping Ipoh clean, green and developed.



Action Unwarranted Says Mayor


The action of a group of people, claiming to be residents of Kampong DBI, who brought a live 10-foot python to the State Secretariat Building on Thursday, May 19 was unwarranted, said Mayor Roshidi Hashim in a media statement released on Friday, May 20. The incident had gained much publicity in the local dallies.

“Foremost, there is no such Kampong DBI in existence. These so-called residents are squatting on a piece of land belonging to city council at Jalan Spooner in Buntong,” said Roshidi.

The claimants, according to the statement, have been squatting illegally on the council’s land since the 1970s and have refused to move out. MBI had offered in the 90s, low-cost houses worth RM12, 000 each in Taman Perpaduan, Tambun but the offer was rejected.

Their refusal to move out of the 38-acre site has derailed the council’s plans to develop the land. Being rarely maintained, the area is overgrown with thick undergrowth and has become a breeding ground for snakes and other creepy crawlies.

The residents’ objective in bringing the slithery reptile to the State Secretariat Building was to highlight the authorities’ indifference towards their well-being to the Menteri Besar. Their request for land titles had been ignored by the state government. Conditions in their settlement have gone from bad to worse.

“Out of humanitarian consideration, city council will initiate action to clean up the area” said Roshidi. The mayor bemoaned the squatters’ reaction to council workers who came to clean up the area in the past. “They’ve misconstrued the workers’ presence as an attempt to destroy their dwellings and to forcibly remove them.” They erected barriers to stop council staff from entering.

One long-term measure considered to overcome the problem is the building of low-cost houses. These houses will be offered to the squatters on a rent or a rent-and-purchase basis. Those who could not afford to rent or buy the houses will be given alternative accommodation in council flats within the city.

“I hope they’ll cooperate so the problem could be resolved amicably,” Roshidi added.

The squatters had demonstrated in front of the State Secretary Building during the opening session of the state assembly on April 12. Police had arrested a number of activists including members of a political party.



Ipoh Echo Congratulates Mayor on His Reappointment

Datuk Roshidi Hashim

Ipoh Mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim, whose two-year term expires in June, has been reappointed for another two years.

Commenting on his reappointment, Datuk Roshidi said his priority would be to assist the Menteri Besar and the state government in realising the Aman Jaya approach in planning and the Government Transformational Programme, which has been conducted at both federal and state levels.

“I am personally committed in ensuring a clean, green and a vibrant city in line with the wishes of the state government. The Menteri Besar has also instructed me to implement projects concerning beautification, landscaping, lighting and the upgrading of roads in the city.”

“God willing,” he said, “I shall undertake these tasks with vigour and determination. The Menteri Besar has been to Wenzhou (China) and is impressed with the city’s landscape and its vehicle-friendly traffic system. These shall be the models for Ipoh.”

Datuk Roshidi took over as Mayor in 2008 when Datuk Mohamad Rafiai Moktar retired. Prior to his appointment, he was the council secretary.

He had also been the private secretary to former Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali.