Better complex awaits folk


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 27 Aug 2020

Soon (left) and Mohamed Akbar visiting the Seberang Jaya Public Swimming Pool Complex.

THE closing date for submission of the request for proposal (RFP) to upgrade, manage and maintain the Seberang Jaya Public Swimming Pool Complex near Butterworth is Sept 18.

Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said the contract period for managing and operating the swimming pool would be 18 years.

He said the works comprised roof construction, installation of new filters and pumps that can accommodate the pool capacity, upgrading of existing facilities like toilets, changing rooms and surau plus rebuilding the ticket counter, cafeteria and sports equipment store.

The swimming pool itself will also be upgraded and repaired so it can be used to host prestigious sporting events.

Other works include building a covered pavilion, upgrading the electrical and mechanical system plus maintenance of the car park.

“The tenderer will need to maintain the pool complex and this includes carrying out water treatment periodically,” he said.

Soon said the entrance fees of RM3 for adults and RM1.50 for children under 12 years old would stay the same.

“All management costs and utility bills are the responsibility of the tenderer,” he added.

Soon said the swimming pool comes under the jurisdiction of Penang Stadium and Open Area Corporation (PSDKLPP), where he is also the director.

He was speaking to reporters after visiting the swimming pool with PSDKLPP executive director Mohamed Akbar Mustapha and administrative officer Teh Chin Han on Saturday.

Soon urged the public to be patient until the upgrading is completed, adding that the pool was expected to be open to the public by middle of next year.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Akbar said PSDKLPP started their operations on Jan 2, 2020, and had taken over several assets from the Seberang Prai City Council and Penang Development Corporation.

“One of the assets we took over from the council was this swimming pool in Seberang Jaya.

“The Penang State Stadium, where our office is based, is now under us.

“We are now upgrading the stadium. It is open to the public every day from 7am to 9am and from 5pm to 9pm.

“The Sony Sports Complex in Seberang Jaya is also under us now and we will rebrand it.

“We also took over Dewan Milenium in Kepala Batas,” said Mohamed Akbar.

He added that PSDKLPP would be taking over the Balik Pulau Sports Complex on Sept 1 from the Penang Island City Council.

“The objectives and functions of PSDKLPP are to manage, administer and maintain.

“PSDKLPP was also given the task to develop new recreational parks on open spaces,” he said.

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