IPOH: THE Ipoh field in Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam, here, may soon be restored to its former glory.
Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir has ordered the Ipoh City Council to come up with a report and guidelines for the maintenance and restoration of the field.
“The report and guidelines will also detail an estimate of the allocation required for the improvement works,” he said.
“The council has many factors to consider, including whether to allow events other than sports to be held there.”
He said the council had spent more than RM50,000 to replace stolen fountain nozzles, plug points
and lights which were vandalised at the field.
“The stainless steel fountain nozzle had to be replaced five times in the past year and even a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) which was installed to deter vandals was stolen.”
He also urged the public to help look after the field.
“The field is public property. Everybody should work to ensure that it is taken care off properly.”
He added that it had also come to light that the subsoil drainage system underneath the field needed to be replaced.
“It was last replaced five years ago. It is no longer functioning properly, causing water to pool on the field each time it rains.”
He said it was important to restore the field because it had heritage significance closely linked to the city.
The field’s deterioration was highlighted recently in Streets following public complaints about the turf’s rubbish-strewn uneven surface and foul stench.
In a monthly full board meeting recently, Mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim said the condition of the field had deteriorated after tents and tractors were allowed on the turf during the preparations for the state-level Chinese New Year celebration in 2008.