DIRTY, Dangerous and Difficult is part of the job of the Urban Services workers in the Penang Island City Council (MBPP).
These unsung heroes carry out their jobs behind the scenes and sometimes go unnoticed.
However, their services and contributions have not gone unnoticed.
During the recent Thaipusam festival which took place over three days, MBPP deployed an average of 353 Urban Service workers to cover the event at various locations.
On average, 100 workers were on duty round the clock in three shifts from 5am on Feb 8 when the chariots left the temples until the chariots’ last stop on Feb 10.
Buletin Mutiara’s Chan Lilian who followed the procession of the Golden Chariot at 5am from the Shree Maha Mariamman Temple video-taped the MBPP workers clearing up the broken coconuts.
The team worked with so much zeal and coordinated teamwork as they had to manually sweep the broken coconuts, have the shells carted away with the Bobcat which is like a mini tractor, work within tight spaces due to the crowd and they had to act very fast as there were two chariots and they had to clean up really fast.
However, their work did not go unnoticed.
As they passed by the house of the late Karpal Singh at Scotland Road, shouts of appreciation came from Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh who said: “A big thank you to all the MBPP workers for maintaining order at this year’s Thaipusam in Penang!”
A selfie was taken and it is endearing to see Ramkarpal and exco member for Housing and Town and Country Planning Jagdeep Singh in a photo with the workers. There is no rank and file but a picture of happy faces.
Meanwhile, exco member for Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Chow Kon Yeow also appreciated their work and posted on his Facebook photos of the men working hard.
“Thaipusam chariot procession in Penang today (Feb 9). Thank you Council workers who started working at 5am to clear the roads,” Chow posted.
MBPP secretary Yew Tung Seang also visited his staff working round the clock at the temples in Botanical Gardens at midnight on Feb 9.
Yew who saw them working so hard shared that these workers will be given some form of recognition.