WITH a paint-roller in his hand, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir joined hundreds of Perakians in painting the fences surrounding the Ipoh Padang during the recent launch of the state-level My Beautiful Malaysia programme.
Dr Zambry was also joined by Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Without qualms, both got their hands dirty and applied paint to the arch at the field before proceeding to paint the fences.
Other participants, with a good mix of young and old, also picked up garbage, cleaned drains and fountains in the surrounding areas of the field.
Noting that there were about 6,000 people taking part in the programme and a total of 120,000 participants statewide, Dr Zambry said he was pleased to see those present working side-by-side to keep the area clean.
Expressing gladness over the number of youths who were present, Dr Zambry said not all youths were rebellious or liked taking part in demonstrations.
“There are also those who join huge gatherings with a positive perspective to do something good for the state and country.
“These are the people who will create a better nation for future generations,” he said.
Perak Community Development Department (Kemas) spokesman Shahabuddin Abidin, who was among the participants, said he and the other 30 Kemas employees had collected a huge amount of rubbish along Jalan Tun Sambathan near the field.
“This is really exciting.
“Although Kemas has its own gotong-royong events, it is the first time we are taking part in one on such a huge scale,” he said.
Combined Bus Services Sdn Bhd executive chairman Mohamad Mat Isa said it was a good programme to encourage teamwork and to strengthen the relationship among the community.
Mohamad and his 30-member team were tasked with painting the Ipoh Padang fence.
Earlier, Dr Zambry witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State Drainage and Irrigation Department, Ipoh City Council, Perak Water Board and State Public Works Department.
The signing parties will be jointly managing, developing and preserving the eco-system along the Kinta River here.
Noting on the importance of a clean river, Dr Zambry said it could be promoted as a tourism spot for holding international racing events such as dragon boat or kayak.