KAMPUNG Baru Jerlun folks were happy when the state government announced that a community hall will be built thanks to the Prime Minister’s Department but they wished it was a little bigger.
At first, the state government gazetted an area of 460sq m (5,000sq ft) for the hall, but it was deemed small by the villagers.
State Health, Transport, National Integration, Non-Muslim Affairs and New Villages Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon revisited the project and did a survey to see if the hall could be made bigger.
With the help of the Public Works Department and the District Land Office, the villagers have now been granted an additional 826sq m for their hall.
If it’s gazetted by the state government, folks at Kampung Baru Jerlun look set to have a community hall measuring 1,286sq m.
When Dr Mah asked if they were happy with the new size, the folks there gave the thumbs up and said the hall is their biggest priority right now.
“It’s almost triple what we’ve gazetted. The allocation from the Prime Minister’s Department is still RM700,000.
“There will be a basketball court with a multipurpose hall. Whatever amenities to be added on, we will look for allocations. We may be able to get a bit more but for now, it’s RM700,000.
“It is a huge hall and, based on the planning, the people have agreed with the size. If there are any other facilities that we need, we will look at it in the future,” Dr Mah said after meeting residents at Kampung Baru Jerlun
In a separate matter, Dr Mah said the recent rotavirus outbreak, believed to have originated from the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort near Taiping will not affect tourism in Perak.
“It shouldn’t affect tourism because it’s a one-off thing. When they (Bukit Merah Laketown Resort) clean it up, it will be alright.
“However, they have to make sure that their pools are 100% clean,” he said.
On Oct 5, Health Ministry Director General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there have been 70 acute gastroenteritis cases linked to the resort so far.
“There are 26 cases in Kedah, 30 cases in Perak and 14 cases in Penang. Out of the cases, 30 have tested positive for rotavirus - six in Perak, 16 in Kedah and eight in Penang. All are reported to be in a stable condition.
“At this point, 14 patients are still being treated in government and private hospitals,” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham added that out of seven sites sampled on Sept 28, only three had sufficient levels of chlorine.
“Only three locations had sufficient chlorine, in amounts exceeding 0.5 parts per million.
“Under the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s guidelines, public pools should have 0.5ppm to 1.5ppm of chlorine. Rotavirus was not detected in water samples taken on Sept 29 and 30 from seven locations at the resort,” said Dr Noor Hisham.
He added that the Perak Health Department will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that the draining, cleaning, flushing and backwash work carried out at the resort’s pools is done properly.
“The pools will remain closed until the department is satisfied that the health of the public is not threatened,” he said.
State Health Department Director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie said she and her team visited the resort on Tuesday, the water has been released from all five pools in the water park.
“They are now cleaning and doing the maintenance work in all five pools and other areas of the park. At the same, they took the opportunity to do full servicing of the two water filtration plants, which is expected to take two weeks.
“We will allow them to reopen after we get the results of the second water samples. Bukit Merah has its given full cooperation throughout our investigation,” said Dr Juita.
She reminded the public to be health conscious and ensure personal hygiene, practice good habits by wearing suitable clothing when entering pools, and avoiding urinating and defecating in pools.
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