Ipoh City Council held two special programmes in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.
Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin said the first programme was a bulk waste collection initiative to allow people to clear unwanted items before the festivities.
He said the city council collected some 65 tonnes of bulk and garden wastes during the programme.
The waste, he added, was picked up from illegal dumpsites as well as homes.
Among the areas rubbish was collected were Malaysia Garden, Taman Cempaka, Taman Desa Pakatan, Simpang Pulai, Jelapang New Village, Taman Tasek, Bukit Merah New Village, Gunung Rapat, Taman Shatin and Taman Mei Kin.
In the second programme, Rumaizi said he and several city council officers and councillors gave out food boxes and red packets to 45 people.
“The food boxes were courtesy of the city council, Yayasan Perak, Mentri Besar Inc and Lions Club.
“We visited the recipients in Bercham, Kampung Simee and Pasir Pinji, ” he said, adding that more donations would be made available to people in the future.
“We hope the donation will encourage more people to be more caring towards needy folk.
“We also urge everyone to play a role in making Ipoh a prosperous city, ” he added. — By IVAN LOH