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New Ipoh Mayor faces COVID-19 challenge

IPOH Taking the helm as the new Ipoh mayor during the COVID outbreak is a huge challenge for 45-year-old Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.


He said the pandemic has affected the economy and numerous activities in the city, especially after the implementation of Movement Control Order (MCO) since March 18 to curb the virus.


“For the short-term, I will look at this problem with focus on managing COVID-19 problems and at the same time, I need to balance the economic sector with efforts to stimulate activities in Ipoh,” he said at a press conference on daily food box aid to Ipoh City Council (MBI) Retirees Association (Permai) members programme here today.



Rumaizi who was appointed Ipoh mayor on April 1, said his main mission for the long-term was to develop Ipoh with plans to provide satisfaction and comforts to the people.


“Other than that, among other challenges as mayor include efforts to enhance the city council’s functions so that the people will see MBI as the best local government in the country,” he said.


Earlier, Rumaizi handed over food boxes to five representatives of MBI retirees, while another 100 food boxes will be distributed at the Permai office in Greentown Square here.



Also present was Permai president Datuk Mohamad Rafiai Moktar.


Rumaizi, who was previously director of the Perak Land and Mines Office, took over the post of mayor from Datuk Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim who was appointed as state secretary.


The Ipoh-born graduated from Universiti Utara Malaysia in Bachelor of Accounting and obtained his masters degree in Land Administration and Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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