The announcement made by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar was well-received by many citizens, who expressed surprise and happiness that another feather had been added to the cap of their beloved city.
Determined to live up to the label, Ipoh Mayor Datuk Zamri Man also made several new declarations on ways to strengthen the council’s long-standing battle against litterbugs, many of whom continue to show no concern for public hygiene as seen in numerous articles in MetroPerak.
Cleanliness aside, more good news came when Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced Pangkor Island’s duty-free status in Budget 2018.
In sports, national diver from Ipoh and Perak’s golden girl, Cheong Jun Hoong continued her winning streak after she became the nation’s first-ever diving world champion.
She clinched gold in the women’s 10m platform individual final at the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
MetroPerak takes a look back at the major occurrences in 2017.
- Bagan Datuk was declared as Perak’s newest district by Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. Encompassing 94,969ha, the state’s 12th district will have four state constituencies under it – Rungkup, Hutan Melintang, Kampung Gajah and Changkat Jong.
- A lunch hour fire at the Ulu Kinta Hospital Bahagia forced the evacuation of 21 patients from one of its wards. The fire also destroyed an entire store room, which was used to keep old furniture and disused equipments and part of Ward 11’s ceiling and roof.
- Four people were killed in a horrific accident involving two cars along KM16 of the Ipoh-Lumut highway. The accident also left three others seriously injured.
- The Ipoh City Council expanded its “One Birth, One Tree” campaign to the whole city. Interested participants can contribute to the planting of a tree to celebrate the birth of their newborn baby. The campaign was first launched in 2010 but was limited to several locations including the Gunung Lang Recreational Park, the D.R. Seenivasagam Recreational Park and the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreational Park (Polo Ground).
- A collision between a trailer and two cars at the 201st kilometre of the North-South Expressway, near the Bukit Merah rest area, saw the driver of one car burnt to death and the other motorist dying from head injuries.
- The police found explosives, detonators and chemicals, buried at the foot of a mangosteen tree in Kampung Air Kuning in Changkat Jering, Taiping. A husband and wife, 41 and 38, were arrested.
- A daredevil climber scaled the “Ipoh” lettering landmark along the North-South Expressway near Simpang Pulai and posed for photographs before posting images of his feat on social media. In 2016, a group of youths courted controversy when images of them climbing onto the other “Ipoh” singage on Jalan Kuala Kangsar near Gunung Lang went viral.
- Renowned cartoonist Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid, or Lat, 65, was warded for a heart-related problem at a private hospital in Ipoh. His daughter said he was stable and just needed more rest. He was discharged few days later.