News: Hang Out Spot for Thieves and Drug Addicts to be Demolished

Oct 12, 2017

City officials in Ipoh are once again planning to redevelop the Waller Court flats, a development built in 1962 to house low-income households.

“We are studying various suggestions submitted to us. As things are still at the planning stage, there is nothing more I can reveal except that the redevelopment exercise is on,” revealed Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man.

He said this during the city council’s recent monthly board meeting, after councillor Choo Kean Seng raised the issue over the delays in redeveloping the housing project comprising 17 apartment blocks.

In 2012, then mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim had stated that Waller Court would be torn down, including a 15-storey tower there with 288 units that became a hangout for criminals over the years.

This is to make way for a commercial building and two apartment blocks with 250 flats each that would be built in phases over four years. However, the demolition and redevelopment never occurred despite the appointment of two firms to carry it out due to objections to the project.

Meanwhile, councillor Leong Chee asked what the city council will do regarding the decrepit Menglembu wet market as well as its garbage issue and lack of parking space.

Zamri replied that while there are no immediate plans to redevelop the entire market, repair and renovation works will be done when needed. He also sought the assistance of the public and business owners to keep the premises clean.

Previously, the city council had initially set aside funds to redevelop the property in 2008.
“Due to technical issues, the project was scrapped and the allocation went towards the redevelopment of other projects including that of the central market poultry section, which was recently reopened and renamed the Amanjaya Poultry Market,” he noted.

Moreover, Zamri added that the government is currently establishing a Social Business Incubator or Social Business Hub at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) to groom social entrepreneurs

This comes after Ipoh was named as the first social business city in Southeast Asia in 2016.

“A delegation from the state government including one of our officers just returned from visiting Kyushu University’s Grameen Social Business School in Fukuoka to study more about social entrepreneurship.”

“The delegation is now in the midst of putting together a working paper on what they have learned as well as their recommendations on how Ipoh should move forward as a social business city after this,” Zamri added.

Image sourced from Ipoh Talk.


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