Creating green spaces

The public enjoying the facilities at the Taman Cantik park.

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has allocated RM3mil to build 12 parks this year.

Its mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said open spaces belonging to the state and the council would be turned into parks.

The open areas are at Jalan Sungai Ara 1, Halaman Murni (Bayan Lepas), Tingkat Sungai Batu (Teluk Kumbar), Lengkok Free School (Datuk Keramat), Lebuh Sungai Pinang 7, Lorong Tanjung Bunga 1, Lembah Permai, Lintang Pantai Jerjak 6, Jalan Delima (Gelugor), Jalan Semarak Api (Bandar Baru Air Itam), Bukit Jambul and Paya Terubong 3.

Patahiyah said the council developed nine parks last year with an allocation of RM2.4mil.

She added that the council would also plant more trees this year.

Patahiyah was speaking at the launch of the Taman Cantik neighbourhood park in Air Itam on Saturday.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who launched the park, said the council and the private sectors had planted 25,296 trees on Penang island since 2008.

“The Penang government is committed to making the state cleaner, greener, healthier and safer,” he said.

On the dengue situation in Penang, Lim advised the public to see the doctor immediately if they fall sick and to ensure the cleanliness of their surrounding areas.

“Dengue kills within four to five days. So far this year, it has claimed eight lives and this is a shocking number as the number of deaths caused by dengue fever was only two last year.

“We will continue our efforts to combat this problem together with the Ministry of Health and all relevant agencies,” he said.

The Taman Cantik neighbourhood park was built at a cost of RM99,320.

Its facilities include a jogging track, multi-purpose square, outdoor exercise equipment, solar lights, park benches and a stage.

African tulips were also planted at the park.

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