Complex in dismal shape

Empty food court at the complex.

EXERCISE enthusiasts wishing to enjoy outdoor activities at the Seberang Prai City Council’s Sports and Recreational Complex in Jalan Betek, Bukit Mertajam, are greeted by missing drain covers, untrimmed grass and garbage on the ground.

Drains with missing covers are temporarily covered with other objects while the overgrown grass in common areas are knee-level.

Plastic bottles, brooms and a toilet bowl seat were among items that filled up a small room in front of the complex used to store a fire hose reel and fire extinguisher.

Patches of barren soil and puddles of water were also spotted on the soccer field inside the complex, which is equipped with a 1,000-seat covered spectator stand on one side.

While it may seemed safe to run or walk along a dedicated track outside the main complex building, a section of it runs into the car parking space without safety barriers in place, subjecting visitors to danger from passing motorists.

A regular jogger, in his 60s, who did not want to be named, claimed that there was a lack of concern for the safety of visitors.

“Why can’t we use the available track with a padded surface inside the building?

“If they want us to walk outside, please ensure that the track is properly done in a complete loop instead of subjecting us elderly people or children to danger, ” he said.

Visitors have also taken to social media to voice their grouses on the poor maintenance of a mini theme park for children beside the main complex.

One of the posts on Facebook showed photos of rusty pillars, broken tiles in the pool and garbage scattered all around.

On July 21, the Youth and Sports Ministry hosted its Fit Malaysia event at the complex which drew 25,000 participants.

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who was present at the event, had announced that the ministry was looking into upgrading the complex and was waiting for a report to determine the extent of damage and requirements before providing the allocation.

Meanwhile, council secretary Rosnani Mahmod said there were no plans for any major upgrading as the council was still waiting for sufficient allocation from the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“We have submitted the report and are waiting for the ministry’s response.

“We have awarded a contract to construct a hockey court in front of the complex, ” said Rosnani.

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