Ipoh’s iconic roundabout fountain was unveiled with a new face lift on Saturday, 31st October, in conjunction with the official birthday of HRH Sultan of Perak on the first Friday of November.
The Sultan Yussuf Roundabout Fountain was built in 1963 and links four primary roads of the city, namely Jalan Sultan Nazrin Shah, Jalan Sultan Iskandar Shah, Jalan Sultan Idris Shah plus Jalan Raja Dihilir.
The guests-of-honour at the unveiling ceremony were State Tourism Committee Chairperson YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, Ipoh City Mayor Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, Weil Hotel chairman Dato’ Liew Sew Yee and hotel executive director Mr Liew Yu Wei. The fountain refurbishment project was a joint initiative between the Prime Minister’s Department Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) and Ipoh Weil Hotel, each contributing RM200,000 for a total amount of RM400,000.
According to Dato’ Nolee, the project included upgrading of the water spray function, the addition of a globe which lights up in the dark, plus beautification of the surrounding landscape. This project, which was supposed to be completed in March, only wrapped up in October due to delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She added, “We are looking into ways to make the fountain accessible for tourists to take photographs.”
Dato’ Liew said that the refurbishment project was the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to enrich the neighbourhood. The two parts of the project focused on upgrading it but at the same time, maintaining the iconic fountain monument.