IPOH City Council (MBI) is taking several initiatives to achieve its target of becoming the cleanest city in the country by 2023, says mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.
He said the council was focusing on cleaning services to ensure that the city would remain clean and green.
Among the initiatives is providing rubbish bins in stages to B40 groups in eight locations under the city council’s jurisdiction.
“On April 3, the council distributed a total of 1,120 rubbish bins in Bandar Baru Putra, while on April 30, some 1,000 bins were given out to residents of Desa Pakatan.
“The council is also expected to get 23 new lorries to collect rubbish, especially garden waste.
“The new lorries are expected to arrive in stages beginning June.
“I hope we will be able to achieve our target with the bins and new vehicles, ” he said in his speech at the MBI full board meeting.
In January, Rumaizi announced the target to make Ipoh the cleanest city in 2023.
He said to reach these goals, the rubbish collection mechanism must be more efficient, while the people too must play their role in keeping the city clean.
Rumaizi also said that MBI was taking several initiatives to develop the tourism sector, which had been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the council planned to turn Ipoh into an Arts City by giving people a chance to display their talents through music, acting or dancing.
“The Arts City concept will not only provide a platform for artists and directors to showcase their
talents, but it can also help promote attractions such as the many lakes, limestone hills, villages and other areas.
“Studios complete with shooting facilities will also be available at specific locations, ” he added.
Besides filming, Rumaizi said the Arts City would display paintings pertaining to culture and heritage such as murals and street art, which the council planned to implement at the famous Panglima Lane.
He said several art-themed events consisting of workshops, talk shows and competitions would also be organised from time to time.