Sunday, October 2, 2011


IPOH residents will soon get to marvel at the dancing lights and sounds of the city’s very own musical fountain.

Datuk Bandar Datuk Roshidi Hashim revealed that plans were afoot for the city to have a musical fountain. However, its actual location had yet to be decided.

In announcing this recently, Roshidi said the Ipoh City Council had so far shortlisted three locations, namely:

- in front of the Ipoh Railway Station

- at Dataran Ipoh

- Bulatan Sultan Yusoff near the Perak Mentri Besar’s official residence

“Of the three existing fountains, only one will be chosen and converted into a musical fountain.

“The remaining two will be renovated and made more colourful and attractive,” Roshidi said after chairing last month’s full board council meeting.

He said the proposed musical fountain and refurbishment of the two other fountains was estimated to cost RM2mil, adding that funds for the project would come from the council’s assessment collection.

“We are currently in the planning and designing stages. And if all goes well, the fountain should be ready by next year,” he added.

Roshidi said he was inspired by the fountains he saw during a recent visit to Singapore.

“They have beautiful fountains there. I also came to know that one of the designers for the fountains is actually from Malaysia.

“Not only is he a Malaysian but also someone from Perak. We may seek his expertise when we do up the fountain,” he said.

Elaborating on the proposed musical fountain, Roshidi said it would only operate at certain periods, most likely at night.

“This will enhance the landscape of the place and people can actually park their cars there or sit around the area to watch the musical fountain,” he said, adding that it would be turned into a tourist spot

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