(File pix) This park in Taman Pearl, Ipoh, gets waterlogged whenever it rains. Pix courtesy of NST Reader

IPOH: The insufficient number of streetlights has led to a surge in petty crime in Taman Pearl here.

Homestay owner Calvin Chai Kuen Keong said residents were worried about their safety.

“The roads are dark and visibility is low at night. People who park their cars by the roadside have had their windows smashed and belongings stolen.

“Streetlights help to reduce crime, and ensure our safety and security, especially for women and children.”

Chai lamented that the authorities had not made any effort to ensure that the neighbourhood was properly lit.

He said there were two lamp posts in the public park in the neighbourhood, but they were out of order.

Chai said he had informed Ipoh City Council (MBI) about the problem two months ago but there had been no response.

He said he had also highlighted the matter to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB).

“I was informed by TNB that it was the city council’s job to ensure that the area was sufficiently lit up at night.”

He added that the neighbourhood’s public park would get waterlogged each time it rained.


An MBI spokesman said the council had always responded to public requests to repair or install streetlights.

“Approval is based on feasibility and need. There is no charge for such requests,” he said.

The spokesperson said MBI would work proactively to ensure the safety of residents.

Complaints can be forwarded to MBI at 05-2551515 or via email at aduan@mbi.gov.my.

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