CHAINS and locks at two of the entrances into Bukit Kiara recreational park in Kuala Lumpur have been repeatedly broken by visitors since it was reopened to public on June 12.
National Landscape Department (JLN) director Rotina Mohd Daik said the department decided to instal closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to catch the culprits.
“We had to replace the chains and locks twice after they were broken. It is a waste of taxpayers’ money, ” she said.
The park has 13 entrances in total but only two are open during the current recovery movement control order (MCO) period to ensure visitors pass through security where their temperatures are checked and personal details registered.
“We have 12 security guards working at any one time to patrol the 162ha park.
“It is difficult to have a guard at every entrance.“So we decided to open only two main entrances, namely Post A near Jalan Abang Haji Openg to enter the Family Recreation Zone, and Post B near Jalan Changkat Abang Haji Openg to enter the Arboretum Zone, ” she explained.
Rotina said the department was concerned about controlling the large crowd in Bukit Kiara so it delayed reopening of the park, after the government’s decision to allow recreational parks to reopen from May 4.
She said that before the MCO, Bukit Kiara used to receive between 2,000 and 3,000 visitors on weekdays and 5,000 to 6,000 on weekends.
“Since the reopening, we are recording half of the usual crowd, which is still very high.
“Our security guards need to make sure that those with body temperature over 37.5°C are not allowed in and that visitors register themselves via the MySejahtera app before entering.”
Rotina said the department had put other measures in place such as imposing one-way directions, limiting parking and posting advice on JLN’s social media platforms.
“We also advise park users to stay at least 3m to 5m away from each other while jogging or hiking, and maintain 1m to 3m distance during static activities such as exercising, ” she elaborated.
She noted that walking past someone should not induce fear or panic as risk for transmission of Covid-19 was low.
“Some may argue that there is no need to lock the gates and just provide QR Code for visitors to register themselves at the entrances.
“But we believe in physically monitoring compliance with the MCO, ” she added.Rotina said JLN realised closing parks should only be temporary because being physically active was one of the best ways to keep the mind and body healthy.
“People visit parks to relieve stress, get some fresh air and stay active. We believe the benefits of going to the park outweigh the risk of getting infected.
“As such, during the trial period of reopening, visitors should prove that they can follow guidelines while enjoying the park facilities, so that together we can stop the spread of Covid-19, ” she said.
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