THE Klang Municipal Council (MPK) has reached a tentative agreement with Selangor Sports Council (MSN) to take over the management of Pandamaran Swimming Pool.
MPK president Datuk Mohamad Yasid Bidin confirmed that the council would manage the pool.
“We will have an agreement with MSN to manage the Pandamaran Swimming Pool. Our intention is to ink a 36-month contract with the sports council, where it will be open to the public based on the existing rates,” he said.
Adults are charged RM4 while children and senior citizens pay RM1. The disabled are given free entrance.
Mohamad Yasid said discussions were ongoing and “the sports council had requested that refurbishment and repairs to the piping network be carried out, with all facilities made good before the swimming pool is handed over”.
As part of MPK’s ongoing commitment to provide community recreational venues, a committee has been formed, headed by council secretary Adi Faizal Ahmad Tarmizi with MPK’s Valuation and Asset Department, Engineering Department, MSN and Klang District Public Works Department for the refurbishment and repairs of the swimming pool.
“Adi Faizal is tasked to engage a qualified consultant and to oversee the replacement of major underground pipes and other repairs. All this will be decided before Dec 31. We had closed the swimming pool on Aug 12 this year and we need to get it up and running in four months.
“I apologise to Klang residents for the inconvenience but this has to be done to cut losses,” he said, adding that the swimming pool was closed after financial losses hit RM625,000 over a seven-month period this year.
Mohamad Yasid ordered the closure of the swimming pool with the aim of carrying out pipe repairs that were blamed for sky-rocketing maintenance costs.
StarMetro front-paged the closure of the swimming pool after information leaked out that MPK had lost about RM1.5mil, over the past three years, in operating the swimming pool.
Non-governmental organisations and local residents carried out a protest with placards demanding explanation on the exorbitant expenditure and sudden closure of the pool.
Mohamad Yasid reiterated that MSN must not increase the current rates but introduce activities like professional swimming lessons, aquatic games and family-weekend events to create income.
The swimming pool was built in 1993 at a cost of RM9.2mil. In 2015, 70,000 people, including 33,000 children, used the pool.
From January to July 2016, 27,797 people including 13,103 children used the swimming pool.