Perak aims to be clean and green

IPOH: The silver state will be a shining example and squeaky clean.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s push to be head of the cleanest state in Malaysia started yesterday with a programme called “Clean Perak”.

He took part in a two-hour walkabout, starting from his official residence at 6.30am, where he helped Ipoh City Council workers to clear the garbage from some areas.

Besides mingling with the public, he also spoke to Mayor Datuk Zamri Man on ways to improve the cleanliness of the city.

His walkabout covered the Ipoh Railway Station, Jalan Dato Sagor, Concubine Lane and ended at the Ipoh Padang for the launch, where he addressed volunteers and the public to get the message across about having a spotless Perak.

He was accompanied by State Women’s Development, Family, Community Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim during the walkabout.

At the launch, he told thousands of people that the public would need to work together with the state government to keep their home state clean.

“We have to make this a culture and habit among us. Cleanliness is for everyone.

“In Japan, schoolchildren clean toilets before their school session starts. They inculcate the habit at such an early age. We should do that, too. That’s the spirit we want,” Dr Zambry said.

“I’m doing this for the people. The idea came about when I saw the situation. I go around the city often with the mayor, and there are some places which are not clean.”

Based on the feedback, he said residents and visitors felt that Perak was not a dirty state but it would be good if it was branded as clean and green.

“If you walk around and see rubbish, collect them and put them in the bin,” he added.