Ipoh Aims To Become The Next Singapore By 2023

Only in terms of cleanliness though :’)

Ah, Ipoh.. famous for its hor fun, white coffee, limestone hills, pretty girls and by 2021, cleanliness. That’s right. According to its mayor Rumaizi Baharin, the Ipoh City Council (MBI) plans on making the quaint little city in Perak the cleanest city in Malaysia by 2023.

That’s right! If all goes according to plan, you won’t need to drive across the causeway to enjoy a taste of what it’s like to be in a place where people actually throw trash in the trash bins. You can just take a quick drive up to Ipoh. (Of course, no one goes to Singapore just to enjoy how clean it is but still!)

Rumaizi said that a variety of initiatives have been undertaken to ensure this happens, including upgrading assets and increasing maintenance staff, especially in the sanitation department. Speaking at a press conference after visiting the Rancangan Perkampungan Tersusun (RPT) Pengkalan Permai housing scheme, he added:

“These assets include lorries, trucks and other vehicles. We need to replace these as they already reached 10 to 15 years of service. I think these assets are old and if we don’t replace them we will have trouble in carrying out our work.

“Increasing the number of staff is also crucial as a sufficient number of workers will help us achieve our cleanliness target.”

Ipoh last won the title of Malaysia’s cleanest city back in 2016 and its great to see them taking the initiative to reclaim that title. The fact that the MBI is recognising Ipoh residents efforts to ensure their surroundings remain clean is a smart move as well.

Rumaizi had actually presented an appreciation certificate to RPT Pengkalan Permai for its exemplary work in clearing up bushes in their land lots right before his press conference. The hope now is that Ipoh residents will continue to join hands in maintaining the city’s cleanliness.

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