Friday, November 28, 2008

Towards a safer Ipoh City - Star

Nov 28, 2008

IPOH will have at least 64 CCTV cameras installed in crime-prone areas throughout the city, said Datuk Bandar Roshidi Hashim.

The mayor said the Housing and Local Government Ministry would install and bear the cost of the system, adding that the council and police had already identified strategic sites.

Among the areas are shopping complexes, pedestrian walkways vulnerable to snatch theft, and other spots where crime might happen, he told reporters after the full board meeting in Ipoh on Wednesday.

Roshidi said this after city councillor Radzi Zainon raised concerns about making Ipoh a safer city following cases such as the killing of a petrol kiosk cashier during a robbery.

The mayor also said the council would come down hard on residents who dumped their rubbish indiscriminately at illegal dumping areas.

Among the measures, he said, was to use spies in plainclothes and to set up committees to tackle the illegal dumping problem in a more organised manner for each zone within the city.

“Dumping is becoming a big problem and I’m serious about this. We will catch those responsible and bring them to court,”he warned.

On another matter, Roshidi said the council had approached budget airline Firefly about the possibility of having flights to and from the underused Sultan Azlan Shah airport here.

He pointed out that Penang alone had six flights to Medan via various airlines.

It would be good enough if Ipoh could get flights to southern China and Phuket, he added.

During his speech, Roshidi said the Tun Razak Library was planning a book sale festival from Dec 18 to Dec 20 from 10am to 6pm aimed at encouraging the reading habit.

Bookstores MPH, Popular, Happy Learning, Kam Benar, SS Mubarak and Prima are expected to participate in the festival which will feature drawing and storytelling contests.

He also announced that the council had as of October spent RM92.1mil for development and administrative expenses, out of an allocated RM122.7mil this year.

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