IPOH – The ‘Car Free Day’ programme introduced in Ipoh is aimed at turning Ipoh into a ‘Low Carbon’ emission city and transform the people into a ‘Low Carbon Community’ said Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
Zambry said Ipoh has achieved another milestone through the programme, which has been implemented in other cities in Malaysia and around the world to reach establish a less-carbon city.
“By creating awareness and a healthy lifestyle through the programme, people can cycle, skate board, roller-skates and walk freely without any interference of vehicles on the roads.
“We have also received positive feedback from various parties about the programme, including the Sultan of Perak (Sultan Nazrin Shah) who hopes to join the programme in the future,” he told reporters after attending the programme at the Ipoh padang, here Sunday.
In today’s programme, about 5,000 people, including Ipoh Datuk Bandar Datuk Zamri Man, state exco members and heads of departments joined the proceedings.
The programme organised by the Ipoh City Council covered Jalan Raja DiHilir between the Sultan Yussuf roundabout near the Perak Menteri Besar’s official residence to the Sultan Iskandar roundabout near Jalan Towers, Jalan Kelab Golf (from Jalan Tun Suffian (Jalan Brash) interchange to Jalan Raja DiHilir) and Jalan Watson as well as Jalan Dato Seri Shaari (Jalan Garland).
Among the agencies involved were the KPJ Hospitals which offered health checks, aerobics, traditional and cultural activities, Perpustakaan Negeri (children activities) and Persatuan Interaksi Kebudayaan Malaysia (MICA).
Meanwhile, Zambry said the state government hopes to turn Ipoh city into a green city to preserve the environment.
“For the start, the Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) has started programmes to plant trees and place antic chairs at several strategic spots in the city. I hope everyone can do their part to ensure the success of the programme,” he said. – BERNAMA