Fatimah calls for more playgrounds


By AVA LAI

The layout for childrens playground in Taman Desa Guru Kuching.

KUCHING: Follow in the steps of Taman Desa Guru in building a playground to allow a more holistic learning environment for children.

This is the advice from Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah.

“It is through play that our children learn a lot of things including vocabulary (language), values like sharing, discipline and communication,” she told a press conference in her office yesterday.

The children’s playground at the green area of the Taman Desa Guru housing area will allow children from in and around that area to have a safe space outdoor to enjoy.

She said the playground was a significant project for the ministry and it was suggested by non-governmental organisations.

“This is for the social wellness of our children so that they not only play at home but will be able to enjoy the fresh air outside.

“Parents can inculcate the values to children while they play,” Fatimah said, adding that the move would encourage more bonding between parents and their children.

The residents will own the playground and take care of the facilities. The idea of ownership was a new concept suggested by the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU).

A stage and lightings will also be put up at the playground. Facilities for teenagers and old folk will be considered so that the playground is fully utilised.

“We want to have many facilities to cater to all children,” said Fatimah.

Currently, the other pilot children’s playground is located at Dalat, Mukah. It is hoped that other housing areas will also have their own playground.

Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg will official launch the children’s playground in Taman Desa Guru on Jan 17.

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