Lee flagging off the bicycle ride during the event in Ipoh.

THE Perak government is gathering feedback from the people on its idea to turn Ipoh into a Sports City.

State Youth, Sports and Human Development Committee chairman Howard Lee said people’s views were important for any government agenda and hoped they would play their part.

“For a long time, the general view is that sports often eat up expenses.

“But if we are to study other countries, sports can also contribute to the economy,” he said during the opening of the Perak Society of Performing Arts’ (PSPA) Festive Extravaganza, which was held together with the Car Free Day in Jalan Raja DiHilir, Ipoh.

“After the success of the Malaysia Games (Sukma) and having some RM160mil invested in it, we now have facilities of international standards.

“We hope Ipoh folk can contribute, have tie-ins with us and making it a success,” he said.

People dressed in colourful costumes walking along Jalan raja dihilir during the event.

Lee said Ipoh City Council (MBI) was currently assisting the state in getting this feedback.

“My office also has a website and we will create an online link soon to reach out to more people by the end of January.

“Other social media platforms will also be used,” he said, adding that a conference with experts in the field would be held sometime after the Chinese New Year.

Meanwhile, the PSPA Festive Extravaganza, held in conjunction with the Christmas and New Year celebrations, saw more than 50 participants in colourful costumes taking part in a parade.

It mainly comprised children and began near the Heritage Hotel and proceeded towards the Sultan Yussuf roundabout before turning back.

There were prizes for best-dressed participants and best-decorated booths.

People dressed as santa claus and other traditional costumes riding bicycles along Jalan Raja Dihilir during the PSPA festive extravaganza. — SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

Apart from the parade, there were also song and dance performances.

Also present were state Tourism, Arts and Culture Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing and Canning assemblyman Jenny Choy.

On the Car Free Day, MBI secretary Mohd Zakuan Zakaria said it was one of the council’s efforts towards a sustainable city.

“Our other objectives include promoting Ipoh as a Sports City, Low Carbon City, promote awareness on environment, health, safety and to increase the happiness index among citizens.

“This month, our theme is to celebrate Ipoh as a Sports City, International Day of Disabled Persons, Human Rights Day, Christmas and New Year,” he said, adding that it was held for the 36th time since its inaugural launch in 2015.

Other activities included aerobics, tandem cycling, free health check, environmental awareness campaign, petting zoo and inflatable playground for children.

Source: The Star