With up to 3000 visitors on weekdays and over 6000 on weekends, Ipoh City Council bought a new 40-seater boat for use at the Gunung Lang Recreational Park lake. A launching ceremony was held on February 20 and was officiated by Dato’ Rusnah Kassim Executive Councillor for Women, Family and Community Development, Housing and Local Government. In attendance was Mayor Dato’ Zamri Man.

“Gunung Lang is well known among Ipohites but we now see tourist buses and vans coming here. Clearly, this has become another popular spot. Hopefully, with this new and better equipped boat, more tourists will come to Gunung Lang,” said Zamri. City Council plans to add two more 40-seater boats by the end of this year.

Presently, there are three boats with a capacity of 10-15 persons per boat operating at the lakeside. With the addition of this new boat, the load factor is thus addressed. Rusnah thanked City Council for its efforts to improve services at the park.

“During a meeting I had with the Menteri Besar, he complimented the council for its untiring  efforts to make the city clean. The council has done an excellent job,” said Rusnah.

She added that the public must realise that creating and sustaining a cleaner city is the responsibility of all residents. A recent gotong royong to clean a council flat was a huge let-down, as no sooner as the cleaning was over the occupants began to litter the place once more.

“The flat is back to its original condition with rubbish and dirt scattered all over,” Rusnah sighed.

Ili Aqilah