FOOD stall operators running their businesses in front of the Ipoh Railway Station at night have been given a stern warning to maintain the cleanliness of the vicinity.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir has ordered the Ipoh City Council to be uncompromising towards litterbugs and step up enforcement efforts.
“This appalling habit of littering in the city, despite plenty of trash cans made available, shows a lack of civic awareness among community members.
“This station is a gateway and it is the first thing tourists see when they visit Ipoh.
“It is truly a shameful sight with rubbish and leftover food found strewn everywhere when the state government had previously spent almost RM4mil to beautify the premises,” he said during his visit to the station with mayor Datuk Harun Rawi recently.
Although the hawkers are operating without permits, Dr Zambry said the local authorities are still allowing them to run their businesses to cater to the crowd visiting the station at night.
“However, the hawkers need to be disciplined.
“It has to be their responsibility to ensure that polystyrene food containers, paper cups and leftover trash are properly discarded.
“Those who still choose to neglect the cleanliness of the station will face stern action by the city council,” he said, urging members of the public to be more environmentally conscious as well.
Dr Zambry will be making visits to all districts throughout the state more frequently to monitor the level of cleanliness in other towns, starting from Ipoh city.
This is in tandem with one of the state’s missions for 2015 — to ensure that all local authorities would maintain places under their jurisdiction efficiently.