One of the large ‘Hollywood-like’ signs of Ipoh erected along the North-South Expressway that can be seen from the northbound lane, just 1km after the Gopeng exit. — Picture by Clara Chooi
In hard times, extravagant signs in Ipoh
By Clara Chooi
IPOH, Dec 18 — Despite running a deficit budget, the Ipoh City Council this year built two giant signs spelling the city's name at entry points on the PLUS expressway for RM800,000.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) politicians blamed the Perak palace for the signage, modelled on the famous Hollywood sign in the United States, saying they managed to reduce it to two from the initial four when it was built early this year.
The Ipoh City Council confirmed with The Malaysian Insider the whopping cost, which amounts to RM100,000 for each letter that spells out the words "Ipoh".
It is understood that the signs were erected in January this year for two reasons — to mark the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah's silver jubilee celebration and to turn the city of Ipoh into a significant landmark to entice more tourist stopovers.
The RM800,000 spent on the two signs does not include maintenance work and the cost of electricity used to power up the spotlights at night.
usinkata; Selepas Nizar melancarkan "Perak Darul Kartun" kini tiba pula giliran Adun Pangkor Zambry Kadiaq melancarkan "Perak Darul Hollywood"..huhuhuhu..
Maka apabila bercitarasakan Holywood sudah tentu ratusan ribu bakal terbang melayang memenuhi tuntutan nafsu..huhuhu