• Matters of Life and Death

    Matters Of Life And Death

      Dr Tan Chin Yong's erudite letter (‘The Emptiness of All Matter’) would turn up just a couple of weeks after my barrister friend passed on with an eulogy in Iss...read more

  • Travel in Comfort by KTM

    Travel In Comfort By KTM

    On October 5, myself, wife and two grandchildren boarded the KTM (ETS 9029) from Ipoh Railway Station and arrived at Central Kuala Lumpur. Our mission was to attend a close relativ...read more

  • Syabas to SUKMA 2018

    Syabas To SUKMA 2018

      Perak should be congratulated for organising SUKMA 2018 in Ipoh with great success. The participants from the 14 States including Brunei had a wonderful experience in this ...read more

  • MGS Ipoh Rain Tree

    MGS Ipoh Rain Tree

      As an old girl of MGS Ipoh I was devastated to learn that the very old rain tree which sheltered generations of girls and teachers was felled. I believe many of your reade...read more

  • Our World Class Education

    Our World Class Education

      My humble request to the new Education Minister, Dr Maszlee Malik. You have a mammoth task to perform with anxious parents hoping for a reform. I think we really don&rsquo...read more

  • Farewell Mr Brian

    Farewell Mr Brian

      I hope my eulogy of Mr Brian Hubert Foenander captures the essence of his personality, primarily as a great teacher and  it is with so much sadness we, the ACSians, ha...read more

  • Jelapang Government Clinic

    Jelapang Government Clinic

      As a regular patronizer to the Jelapang government clinic, I have some important observations to be shared with the respective authority. Our health services at the Jelapa...read more

  • Sleep Our Children Safe

    Sleep Our Children Safe

    Young children, especially those under five years of age, are ‘fragile’ and open to many risks. In recent years we have become increasingly aware that some small childr...read more

  • Parking Nightmare

    Parking Nightmare

      Since the opening of the 8-storey car park in Fatimah Hospital in Taman Ipoh, there has been a tremendous increase in the parking of cars at the lay-by of the roads surroun...read more

  • Old Town Popularity

    Old Town Popularity

    The downside of the popularity of old town is that it is becoming very congested. Tourist buses and cars are parked along the main roads causing traffic jams. One way of partly sol...read more

  • Ipoh Needs Second Public Hospital

    Ipoh Needs Second Public Hospital

    Recently, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Menteri Besar, announced that Ipoh is getting a new airport and mall. Thi...read more

  • Thanks


    TQVM. May I take this opportunity to thank Ipoh Echo Editor and team for a fantastic community newspaper. Your features are fun and very informative. My family and friends visited ...read more

  • MyBas Service in Medan Kidd

    MyBas Service In Medan Kidd

      I am a regular user of the MyBas bus service in Medan Kidd and would like to bring forward to your attention about the wanton wastage of fuel by these buses. At any one tim...read more

  • Vacant Houses @ Tiger Lane

    Vacant Houses @ Tiger Lane

    These abandoned houses used to be the homes of expatriates who have left their property, rendering it stagnant since a very long time ago. We have been staying in this house for ov...read more

  • Looking for Long-lost Family

    Looking For Long-lost Family

    I am writing from Perth, Australia. My family is originally from Ipoh and I was wondering if you can help me locate the following: 1st story: We are searching for four sisters: S...read more

  • Dedicated Doctors in GH

    Dedicated Doctors In GH

      The Cover Story of Ipoh Echo Issue 269 (Nov 1-15, 2017) was on the good and bad of public hospitals and I would like to share my good experience. I have been going to the E...read more

  • Appeal for Donation of a Van

    Appeal For Donation Of A Van

      This is a sincere call to help the Perak Society for the Promotion of Mental Health in their quest to seek a kind donor for a van. This is urgently required as this society...read more

  • Kanthan Cave and Tasek Dust

    Kanthan Cave And Tasek Dust

      Kanthan Cave Regarding the article on Kanthan, "Do Caves and Cement Mix?" by Jack Foo in the last issue of IE, No 269, I would like to point out a few things. The trapd...read more

  • Road Safety

    Road Safety

      Road Safety Department of Malaysia (JKJR) and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) should emphasize road safety since the number of road fatalities ...read more

  • Ipoh City Council's Response

    Ipoh City Council's Response

      I refer to Ipoh Echo’s report titled, “Animals Poorly Treated” on page 7 of Issue 260 (dated June 16-30). Though outwardly the ostriches and the deer may ...read more

  • Keeping Our Children Safe on Escalators

    Keeping Our Children Safe On Escalators

    The recent event of a two-year-old child whose fingers were stuck in an escalator comb plate at a shopping mall highlights an ongo...read more

  • 2017 New Year Message from Sharpened Word

    2017 New Year Message From Sharpened Word

      First of all, a happy new year to all, on behalf of Sharpened Word! The year 2016 has been a memorable first year for SW ...read more

  • Kindest Act of All

    Kindest Act Of All

    The Perak Turf Club held the annual presentation ceremony of giving donations to 52 charitable homes and organisations on November 13 at its premises. These presentation of donati...read more

  • Neighbour's House Abandoned

    Neighbour's House Abandoned

    I am writing this email in the hopes that someone could give us a solution to our problem.  The house at the back of our house is abandoned and the whereabouts of the owner i...read more

  • My Mistake in Not Selling

    My Mistake In Not Selling

      As I said before, no share can go up or go down indefinitely for whatever reasons. When it is up, you must sell some so that you have money to buy when it is down. My bigge...read more

  • Cruelty to Animals

    Cruelty To Animals

      Animal lovers in the country welcome the Taiping Magistrate court’s decision to fine an unemployed women for neglecting her female pet Rottweiler dog (NST February 4)...read more

  • World Wetlands Day 2016

    World Wetlands Day 2016

    World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on February 2, commemorating the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971 in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspi...read more

  • A Mother's Plight

    A Mother's Plight

      Indira Gandhi’s case should have been decided as any other contentious family matter and should have been resolved a long ago. The principle of the best interest of t...read more

  • Matang Mangrove Forest Land Issue

    Matang Mangrove Forest Land Issue

    After my open letter to Perak Chief Minister Zambry Abdul Kadir on the Matang mangrove forest, I was informed by the State Exco fo...read more

  • Rafflesia Soup

    Rafflesia Soup

      The article On Ipoh Food in Issue 225 of the Ipoh Echo refers to an unusual and rare soup made from Rafflesia. Despite the name this is probably a case of misidentification...read more

  • UniShortList


    Greetings to everyone, We are currently running an education project named UniShortList to provide a one-stop education advisory and consultation service to prospective students w...read more

  • A Lack of Foresight

    A Lack Of Foresight

      Before the renovation of KTM Square there were many trees around Ipoh’s iconic railway station. Now it is barren. Thus the tagline about Ipoh being green and developi...read more

  • More Questions than Answers

    More Questions Than Answers

      According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report about half of the world’s population lives in areas where rabies is prevalent. Annually, about 50,000 people suc...read more

  • Illegal Immigrants

    Illegal Immigrants

    It is frightening to know that there are over three million illegal immigrants who have gained access into the country and moving freely in our midst. Despite frequent raids and de...read more

  • Heritage Taiping

    Heritage Taiping

      Taiping was declared a heritage town at the Perak State Executive Committee meeting (No: 1348) on September 8, 1999. Taiping is “a town of many firsts”. Howeve...read more

  • Suggestion Lauded

    Suggestion Lauded

      I welcome the suggestion of the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanium, that wildlife offenders should be jailed rather than fined, which is ineffective...read more