THE Ipoh City Council is offering a 60% discount on all traffic compounds in conjunction with the Hari Raya celebrations from June 28 to 30.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man said the discount would be offered at payment counters at its headquarters in Greentown, the old office at Jalan Bandar and the Urban Transformation Centre from 8am to about 4pm.
“I hope the people would take this opportunity to pay their summonses,” he told reporters after handing out bubur lambuk to his staff at the city council headquarters last Friday.
“This would be the only discount offered for this year,” he said.
Zamri said there were still some 1.26 million compounds that were yet to be paid, amounting to some RM26mil.
“Between 2008 and last year, only some 648,500 compounds were paid, totalling about RM12mil,” he said.
On an earlier fake announcement that had gone viral on social media last week, Zamri said there was no leakage from the city council.
“Only I can make the decision on any discounts, no one else would know.
“I think the people presumed that we would give discounts like previous years in conjunction with some occasions,” he said.
“For last year, it was the Perak Sultan’s enthronement and Chinese New Year celebrations,” he added.
When asked whether such offers would cause people to wait to pay up, Zamri said it would not.
“Some compounds are long overdue and have been brought up to the courts.
“If they wait anymore, they risk being hauled up to face legal action,” he said.
“On our part, we just want to lighten the burden of the people,” he added.
On the bubur lambuk give-away, Zamri said some 2,000 packets were distributed to his staff.
He said it was the fourth time the city council had held such events whereby each city council department would cook the porridge.
He added that the event was to inculcate teamwork amongst department members and promote creativity in preparing the delicacy.