fill up the bottle

fill up the bottle

It was a weekend of fun, rest and recreation, as well as camaraderie at Swiss-Garden Resort, Damai Laut, for some members of the Perak media fraternity, courtesy of retired Ipoh City Mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Bin Haji Hashim.

pass the ball

pass the ball

 drag the ball

drag the ball

Joining in the fun was Dato’ Roshidi’s children and grandchildren to add more joy and laughter to a telematch co-ordinated by the resort.

walking in the dark

walking in the dark

these two guys ready to contribute their tops to make THE longest line

these two guys ready to contribute their tops to make THE longest line

Dato’ Roshidi, who opted for optional retirement at the age of 58, some six years ago, said that his recent Hari Raya Open House, which was attended by some media friends, made him recall the strong ties that he had with the Perak press when he was Ipoh City Mayor.

 group photo of Perak media members with Dato' Roshidi Bin Haji Hashim and his family

group photo of Perak media members with Dato’ Roshidi Bin Haji Hashim and his family

President of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) Rosli Mansor gives a speech

President of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) Rosli Mansor gives a speech

Indeed, during his tenure as the 8th Datuk Bandar Ipoh, he used to discuss various community issues with Perak news bureau chiefs over a meal; at times breakfast, sometimes lunch and even dinner. He realised the important role played by the press in getting information from the ground, be it at city, state or national level.

retired Ipoh City Mayor Dato' Roshidi Bin Haji Hashim addresses his guests

retired Ipoh City Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Bin Haji Hashim addresses his guests

Dato’ Roshidi recalled how his tasks were smoother when working hand-in-hand with the press, visiting hot spots like Little India and Gunung Rapat, taking instant action upon receiving complaints from local residents, via the press.

a gift of stationery set to all children, starting with Dato' Roshidi's eldest grandson

a gift of stationery set to all children, starting with Dato’ Roshidi’s eldest grandson

One of Dato’ Roshidi’s legacy as Ipoh City Mayor is the motto: Bersih, Hijau dan Membangun. He also implemented security measures in many areas in the city, by establishing enforcement kiosks, to ensure the safety of residents.

 a hamper for all media friends, starting with President of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) Rosli Mansor (R)

a hamper for all media friends, starting with President of Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP) Rosli Mansor (R)

Dato’ Roshidi said that if he had stayed on as Mayor, he would have established more of these enforcement kiosks in a larger area within the city. Additionally, witnessing how “Hijau” (green) and “Membangun” (developing) had a huge impact on the progress of the city and now that Ipoh is already Membangun (developing), it is time to add another adjective to the motto to be: Bersih, Hijau, Membangun dan Selamat.

a brief press conference

a brief press conference

“Selamat” or “safe” is the keyword that many people seek in a place they call home. As a pensioner himself, Dato’ Roshidi realises how safe, therefore comfortable, it is to live in Ipoh, which he has called home since being transferred to the city in the course of his public service career.

Dato' Roshidi entertains guests with a karaoke track

Dato’ Roshidi entertains guests with a karaoke track

He believes that this feeling of security is what people his age would want, should they choose to retire in Ipoh, too.

Ijoy (L) and Rosli duet at karaoke

Ijoy (L) and Rosli duet at karaoke

Dato’ Roshidi was in public service for 38 years, 7 months and 7 days, holding various positions in different states. He was transferred to the Ipoh City Council from the Perak Menteri Besar’s Office, and subsequently appointed as Ipoh City Mayor on 23rd July, 2008, a promotion from his position as Council Secretary.

 Ijoy (R) wins the media karaoke competition

Ijoy (R) wins the media karaoke competition

In fact, it was the first and only time in the history of the Council that a Secretary rose to the position of Mayor. Dato’ Roshidi is Ipoh’s longest serving Datuk Bandar at 5.5 years.

 Dato' Roshidi donates RM1000 to KSKMP

Dato’ Roshidi donates RM1000 to KSKMP

To wrap up the meaningful programme, which kicked off with a telematch on the beach, Dato’ Roshidi contributed RM1000 from his personal funds to Kelab Sukan & Kebajikan Media Perak (KSKMP).

Event: Perak Media Weekend Retreat With Retired Ipoh City Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Bin Haji Hashim
Venue: Swiss-Garden Beach Resort, Damai Laut
Date: 3rd – 4th Aug, 2019

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