Once again, Ipoh Echo has been heard. Upgrading works to restore the once pristine Gunung Lang Recreational Park are underway. After countless reports and complaints regarding the pathetic situation of the park, Ipoh City Council has finally decided to step up to claim responsibility over the matter.

The gazebos in the park are being repaired. The old rafters and damaged roofs are being replaced, and the walls are being repainted.

Despite efforts done to improve the park’s facilities, one cannot fail to notice how unkempt it is. Dried leaves are scattered everywhere. Rubbish and juice boxes, left behind by visitors, are strewn indiscriminately. Not a cleaner is seen on-site.

It is also disheartening to see our national flag, the Jalur Gemilang, which we take much pride in, cast and left on the ground near the renovation site for reasons best known to the perpetrators. This should not have happened.

Leanne Tan