USJ residents happy over equipment installed in their neighbourhood field

Working out: Yeoh (right) with some of the senior citizens who use the new equipment at Padang Cergas in USJ 11.

USJ 11 residents now have a more conducive place to exercise in thanks to the Padang Cergas concept.

Padang Cergas is an initiative by the Selangor government to improve the lifestyle of residents by installing exercise equipment in fields.

It was first introduced in 2013.

It is now available in one of the largest and busiest grounds in USJ at USJ 11/5.

“The Padang Cergas exercise equipment are a welcome addition to the existing facilities there which include a football field, jogging track and roller skating arena,” said Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh

Yeoh hoped both young and old would continue to use the exercise equipment.

“More than 50 senior citizens exercise here in every morning,” she said.

“However, ensuring the facilities are in a good condition might pose a problem as strangers have been spotted drinking there at night,” added Yeoh.

This was confirmed by an early morning jogger, who wanted to be known as Madam Lim, 78.

She said loud noises can be heard in the middle of the night.

Other than USJ 11/5, the Padang Cergas concept was introduced in three other locations, namely SS19/6K, USJ 3B and PJS 7/4A.

Two additional locations will be identified for Subang Jaya this year.

Also present during the launch were residents association members as well as councillor Ken Chia.

Yeoh also reminded USJ 12 residents to be careful as more monkeys have been found in the area.

She urged residents to keep their windows and doors closed at all times when children are at home.

Popular spot: Many people often exercise so Yeoh said the exercise equipment is a welcome addition to the field’s facilities.
Popular spot: Many people often exercise so Yeoh said the exercise equipment is a welcome addition to the field's facilities.

“Last year, a monkey broke into a home and the owners thought it was a thief and even called the police,” she said.

USJ 12 Residents Association chairman Datuk Nor Azman Abdul Rahman said about 10 homes have been affected.

He said TV antennas and roof tiles have been destroyed by the monkeys as their natural habitat has been encroached into.

The Forestry Department has been working with residents to find a solution to the problem,” he added.

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