Sunday, April 17, 2016

‘Jatuh Cinta Dengan Bahasa Kebangsaan’ - Suara Perak

March 3, 2016

ASALNYA dari keluarga miskin, anak kampung di Tanjung Rambutan kini sudah berjaya mencipta nama sebagai seorang tokoh ilmuan dalam membantu membina masyarakat berilmu.

   Sekali pandang, tiada siapa menyangka Profesor Dr. Richard Ng bukan sahaja mampu menguasai bahasa Melayu dengan baik malah juga turut memahami adat resam orang Melayu.

   Beliau menyedari betapa penguasaan bahasa Melayu atau bahasa kebangsaan itu amat penting sebagai bahasa penghubung di kalangan rakyat Malaysia.

   “Saya adalah anak keempat dari enam beradik yang pernah hidup susah kerana keluarga miskin  dan kami ketika itu tinggal di kampung dan ladang bercampur gaul dengan orang Melayu.

   “Walaupun masih kecil  ketika itu tetapi pemikiran saya matang kerana memahami keadaan ibu bapa saya yang hidup susah sehinggalah saya berazam untuk membantu mereka,” ceritanya ketika ditemui wakil Suara Perak.



Sanggup Masuk Kelas Malam Demi Kuasai Bahasa Melayu
Langkah pertama yang diambilnya ialah memasuki kelas malam bahasa Melayu dan akhirnya dapat menguasai bahasa itu dengan baik, setanding dengan rakan sekampungnya yang terdiri dari anak-anak Melayu.

   “Semasa belajar di Sekolah Rendah Methodist Tanjung Rambutan alirannya adalah bahasa Inggeris dan apabila tamat darjah enam saya mempunyai dua pilihan ketika itu, sama ada sambung belajar di sekolah aliran Inggeris atau aliran Melayu.

   “Akhirnya saya mengambil keputusan memilih untuk belajar di Sekolah Menengah Raja Chulan dengan memasuki kelas peralihan  pada tahun 1970 sehingga ke tingkatan enam tahun 1978.

   “Memasuki sekolah aliran Melayu ini saya rasa semangat satu Malaysia tiada terpinggir langsung semua bangsa bercampur gaul dengan penggunaan bahasa pengantar bahasa Melayu,” katanya.




Beliau menceritakan, selepas tamat tingkatan enam tahun 1978 dengan mendapat sijil penuh tetapi tidak berpeluang melanjutkan pelajaran kerana ketika itu hanya terdapat lima institusi pengajian tinggi maka beliau bekerja sambilan sebagai guru tusyen.

   “Saya mengajar di sebuah madrasah di hospital Tanjung Rambutan kerana waktu itu orang kampung mencari guru matematik yang mahir.

   “Saya merasa amat bangga kerana kesemua anak didik saya berjaya mendapat keputusan cemerlang dalam matematik,” ujarnya.

Melanjutkan Pelajaran  

Memikirkan mengenai masa depannya kerana mengajar sambilan sebagai guru tuisyen tidak menjamin masa depan, Dr Richard mengambil keputusan untuk melanjutkan pelajarannya dalam bidang komputer sehingga akhir berjaya memperolehi diploma.

   Beliau kemudian ditawarkan bekerja sebagai pengurus di Institute Informatic sebelum dilantik sebagai Timbalah Pengarah di institut berkenaan pada tahun 1994 dan seterusnya dihantar bekerja di Singapura pada 1995 sebagai Pengarah Asia Tenggara.

   Pada 1996, beliau pulang semula ke Ipoh dengan memegang jawatan baru sebagai pengarah sebuah kolej perniagaan yang lebih menjurus kepada kursus-kursus perniagaan.

   Katanya, pada tahun 1998 beliau telah mendapat tawaran bekerja sebagai Ketua Eksekutif Kolej Utama Perak di Ipoh sebelum meletakkan jawatan dan menubuhkan kolej Teknologi PIE pada tahun 1999.


Dr Richard kemudian menyambung pelajarannya untuk mendapatkan ijazah di Ottawa Universiti, Amerika Syarikat sebelum pulang ke tanah air dan membuka sebuah kolej perniagaannya sendiri selama empat tahun dari 2000 hingga 2004.

   Kegawatan ekonomi pada waktu itu menyebabkan beliau mengambil keputusan untuk menjual kolejnya dan seterusnya menerima tawaran untuk bekerja sebagai Pengarah Wilayah Wawasan Open University.
   “Selepas setahun bekerja, saya ditawarkan oleh OUM pada 2007 dengan memegang jawatan sebagai Pengarah Wilayah Perak sehingga ke hari ini,” katanya.

   Dr Richard menambah kerana prestasi kerjanya, beliau mendapat biasiswa untuk menyambung pelajaran di peringkat Doktor Falsafah (PhD) dan seterusnya dinaikkan pangkat menjadi Profesor Madya pada 2011.

   Pada tahun 2014, beliau dinaikkan pangkat apabila dilantik sebagai Pengarah Pemasaran Pemasaran Kumpulan untuk menjaga 34 cawangan seluruh Malaysia.

 Aktif Dalam NGO 

 Walaupun kedudukannya kini stabil dan terkenal sebagai seorang tokoh ilmuan, namun  Dr Richard tetap bergerak aktif menerajui sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) diberi nama Ipoh City Watch (ICW) yang menjadi mata dan telinga kepada pembayar cukai pintu di Bandaraya Ipoh.

   Menurut beliau, ICW sebenarnya bukan NGO baharu, malah sudah wujud pada tahun 2002 tetapi telah dibubarkan oleh pihak pendaftar pertubuhan kerana menyimpang dari matlamat asal penubuhannya.

   “Sebaik mengambil alihnya selepas pembubaran pada tahun 2013, saya memfokuskan badan ini dalam pelbagai kegiatan sosial dan komuniti termasuk pemb ayar cukai pintu sehinggalah ke hari ini,” katanya.

   Pendekatan yang diambil ketika ini ialah berdamping dengan masyarakat untuk mengesan permasalahan mereka.

   “Kita mengambil pendekatan tiga prinsip iaitu mendampingi masyarakat, memahami permasalahan mereka dan mengajar atau membimbing mereka bagi menangani masalah itu,” ujarnya.

   Beliau memberikan contoh tentang isu pembayaran cukai dimana masyarakat diajar supaya melaksanakan tanggungjawab membayar cukai dan jangan hanya pandai menyalahkan kerajaan.

   “Jangan hanya pandai menyalahkan kerajaan sahaja tetapi sebagai warga Ipoh, kita juga seharusnya memberikan idea dan cadangan untuk membangunkan Bandaraya Ipoh,” tambahnya.

   Menurut Dr Richard, antara pencapaian yang dibuat oleh ICW ialah mendapat tajaan membina papan tanda (billboard) dengan mesej yang jelas iaitu `Kebersihan Bandaraya Ipoh Tanggungjawab Kita Bersama’.

   Selain itu, katanya, ICW telah dikenali ramai apabila menjadi NGO yang menjalin kerjasama dengan Perbadanan Sisa Pepejal Perak (SWCORP) dalam melaksanakan Program Komuniti berupa projek Komuniti Kitar Semula pertama di Malaysia iaitu di Jelapang Tambahan yang dilancarkan oleh Exco kerajaan negeri, YB Dato’ Rusnah Kassim pada 4 April lalu.

   “Ramai orang bertanya kepada saya mengapa dibuat projek itu di kawasan pembangkang tetapi saya memberitahu mereka, sama ada kawasan pembangkang atau kawasan BN yang penting kita turun padang bersama dengan masyarakat bagi menjayakan program komuniti ini,” katanya.

   Beliau memberitahu, program tersebut yang dihadiri hampir 200 penduduk telah berjaya menghasilkan 1,376 bahan kitar semula daripada bahan longgokan sampah haram.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

ICW participated in the 6th Ipoh Car Free Day to promote Recycling and Clean Environment

ICW was invited by Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh to participated in the 6th Car Free day on 27 March 2016. Over 3,000 people participated in the programme.




A summary of Ipoh City Watch activities in 2015




















Tuesday, March 8, 2016

City council moves to clear congestion at Ipoh’s railway station - The Malaysian Insider

March 7, 2016

The Ipoh City Council's enforcement team stationed at Dataran KTMB. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, March 7, 2016.

This is thanks to the Ipoh City Council for moving in to prevent vendors from attracting crowds with attractions such as roller-skates, skate-boards and battery powered mini-scooters and cars.
Such attractions had resulted in the square becoming a festival ground for the city folk at night, particularly during weekends and eves of public holidays.
The area would become congested, obstructing those entering the railway station, which has become busy with KTM increasing the frequency of its electric train services.

The carnival-like atmosphere was damaging this city’s main attraction, which is located in the centre of its famous heritage buildings.
Not only were the plants and grass damaged, some cracks had also appeared on the concrete floor around the fountain and the “Ipoh Tree.”
In the past one week, several enforcement officers had been stationed there at night-time to take action against such vendors.
A check with Ipoh Mayor Datuk Zamri Man confirmed the presence of enforcement personnel at the square.
Acknowledging that trading was not allowed at the square, he said a notification of the rule had been posted at the square some time ago.
“I have done spot checks at the railway station and noted the traffic congestion. It was manageable but not as comfortable as it should be,” said Zamri, adding that the traders contributed to the traffic congestion.
“The council has been doing enforcement. However to be effective, we will be monitoring the location more regularly for the benefit and comfort of all parties.”
Yahaya Long, 54, who was waiting to pick up his son, who was returning from Kuala Lumpur on the 11pm Electric Train Service last Saturday, gave the thumbs up to the presence of the enforcement personnel.
He described the traffic as “so much better” with their presence. – March 7, 2016.

Friday, March 4, 2016

First step in restoring Ipoh as clean city - The Malaysian Insider

March 4, 2016


The six-month trial anti-litter programme initiated in Gugusan Manjoi, the largest cluster of traditional villages within Ipoh, has won the hearts of residents.
After just seven weeks, the residents are giving the waste collection company E-Idaman the thumbs up, saying the programme has eliminated illegal dumpsites, resulting in a cleaner environment because cats and dogs no longer have bags to rip open.
The trial began early in January with the company distributing free dustbins to all households and simultaneously spring cleaning the entire neighbourhood.
Senior couple Mohd Tahir, 70, and his wife Esah Mohd Hashim have lived on Jalan Datin for 40 years and said that since the start of the programme illegal dumpsites had stopped.
“Our house is on the junction with the main road. In the past, I would hang my bags out for collection but passers-by would then leave their rubbish nearby.
“Animals usually tear up the waste bags and that leaves a foul smell. Ipoh City Council (MBI) only collects the bags. The torn bags are left on the road and they foul up the neighbourhood for days,” he said.
“Now every house has a dustbin and we have clean streets. It is an improvement,” said Esah, who admitted they had never owned a dustbin before January.
Just around the corner on the main road Jalan Raja, roti canai sellers Nor Ainshah Dahlan and Suhaimi Zambri said that the initiative was a general improvement.
“As there are no more illegal dumpsites along the roads and this make the neighborhood cleaner,” said Ainshah.
Indeed E-Idaman’s service has been so good that residents themselves have adjusted their mind-set not to litter, said stallholders Nor Azlinda and Nur Amira.
The trial was launched by mayor Datuk Zamry Man to monitor and evaluate the quality of service provided by government-appointed concessionaires SWCorp and Environment Idaman, and in collaboration with the city council.
E-Idaman state operations manager Nur Azam Ahmad Zaini said the first priority was to distribute 120-litre dustbins to the households and 600-litre bins to commercial premises.
“Through January and February, by working with the village chiefs, we distributed over 90% of our allotted dustbins,” said Azam. – March 4, 2016.

KL condos to use recycling cages for waste separation - The Malaysian Insider

March 4, 2016



The use of special steel cages for recycling will be expanded to highrises in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and five states from April.
Solid Waste And Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) deputy chief executive officer (technical) Dr Mohd Pauze Mohd Taha said the initiative would give a further boost to the separation of waste at source programme which was implemented last September, Bernama reported.
Apart from those in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, households in Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Kedah, Perlis and Pahang were required to carry out waste separation.
Pauze said currently, the special cages were only used in residential neighbourhoods.
"The concessionaire is responsible for supplying the cages and those living in highrise apartments and condominiums will have to separate their waste just like those living in landed properties," he said at a media briefing on waste recycling organised by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
The Malaysian Insider had previously reported that a total of 129 recycling cages would be placed at flats in Negri Sembilan to enable effective waste sepration at source.
The cages have three separate sections for paper, plastic and other recyclable items.
Residents should separate and place the items in plastic bags before placing them in the correct section in the cage.
Pauze said at present, the recycling rate in Malaysia was still at 17%. The target is to reach a recycling rate of 22% by 2020.
Meanwhile, SWCorp has issued 50,000 reminders from September last year to last month to households which failed to separate waste at source.
SWCorp is an agency under the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry, which is in charge of the waste separation project.
It has been reported that the implementation of mandatory separation of household solid waste is capable of reducing the amount of solid waste sent to waste disposal sites by 40%.
Beginning June 1, action will be taken again those who failed to carry out waste separation at source.
First time offenders will face a RM50 compound, with RM100 and RM500 for subsequent offences.
A RM1,000 fine would be imposed if an offender did not settle the compound. – March 4, 2016.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ipoh City Watch promotes healthy living on car-free day - The Malaysian Insider

Feb 29, 2016 by Jerry Francis

State committee chairman for Women, Family, Social Welfare, Housing and Local Government Datuk Rusnah Kassim (in pink) and Ipoh City Watch president Prof Dr Richard Ng (on her left) spreading the cleanliness message at Ladies Lane. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, February 29, 2016.
State committee chairman for Women, Family, Social Welfare, Housing and Local Government Datuk Rusnah Kassim (in pink) and Ipoh City Watch president Prof Dr Richard Ng (on her left) spreading the cleanliness message at Ladies Lane. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Jerry Francis, February 29, 2016. 

In conjunction with the Ipoh City Council's monthly car free day yesterday morning along Jalan Raja DiHilir, members of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Ipoh City Watch (ICW) promoted its healthy living lifestyle at the Old Town sector of the city.
Led by president Prof Dr Richard Ng, members of the group gathered at the Birch Memorial Clock Tower at 7am and gradually walked 2km over to Ipoh City Hotel, Jalan Dass, passing through the popular Old Town Heritage trail and Memory Lane Sunday market.
The "Heritage Trail Walk" was organised in conjunction with Ipoh Car Free day to promote healthy living, recycling and reduction in carbon emissions.
State committee chairman for Women, Family, Social Welfare, Housing and Local Government Datuk Rusnah Kassim thanked Ng for the positive message promoted by the ICW.
“The walk by ICW will help to inculcate a cleanliness habit in the city,” said Rusmah.
“There is only so much that the state government can do. However, with help from NGOs like ICW, Ipoh will regain its history of being the cleanest and most livable city in the country.”
Those taking part in the walk carried posters reminding residents to help make Ipoh the most livable city in Malaysia and to practice the 3R concept of recycle, reuse and reduce waste.
“The goal of walking through the Heritage Trail was to remind traders it is a tourist area and every effort should be taken to keep it clean and tidy at all times” said Ng.
The members repeated the same message when they stopped at Ladies Lane in front of a hotel and held a signature campaign encouraging customers to embrace the 3Rs and help keep Ipoh clean.
Royal Malaysian Air Force technician Jusrini Aizan, who signed the banner, said the awareness campaign was a positive effort.
“This action to have a clean Ipoh should apply to the whole country. If everyone did their part everywhere would be clean” said Jusrini. – February 29, 2016.
Details: http://www.themalaysianoutsider.com/citynews/ipoh/article/ipoh-city-watch-promotes-healthy-living-on-car-free-day