Most parks in S’gor to be off limits


The public seen exercising at the Taman Jaya park in Petaling Jaya prior to the announcement of the closure notice by MBPJ. — LOW BOON TAT/The Star

MOST parks and hiking trails in Selangor will be closed to adhere to the movement control order announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday.

Selangor local government committee chairman Ng Sze Han who said this, added that local councils could decide to allow smaller recreational areas to remain open if crowd control could be managed.

“Based on the National Security Council’s (MKN) standard operating procedures, only cycling and jogging activities are allowed.

“Not all parks will be closed. The local councils can decide to close any park under their jurisdiction if they cannot control the crowd, ” said Ng.

Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said more than 14 parks and hiking trails in the city were closed.

He said this included the Bukit Gasing hiking trails, public parks and playgrounds as well as lakes and urban parks with sports facilities.

“It is important that people do not congregate. Those who fall under the high-risk category such as senior citizens should stay away from these parks.

“Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the public to take care of their health and personal safety, ” he said.

During StarMetro’s visit to various parks yesterday morning, many senior citizens expressed their wish for the parks to remain open.

Taman Aman frequent visitor Alice Kok, 84, said she used to conduct tai chi lessons at the park in the mornings prior to the first MCO in March last year.

However, with the strict restrictions, she no longer conducts the class.

She said her students, made up of senior citizens, had become weaker physically due to lack of exercise.

“When the first round of MCO was lifted in June, we tried to do tai chi again but many could not follow.

“They had lost their stamina. We fear more will become weaker after this second round of MCO, ” said Kok who wants the parks to remain open.

Another park-goer Ng Lay Lan, 70, said the parks should be open as it helped senior citizens like herself to cope with life after retirement.

“Some of us live alone. Even with the SOP in place, we look forward to catching up with our peers at the park. We were upset when the parks were closed.

“Unlike the young, we cannot regain our stamina easily once we stop exercising, ” said Lay Lan.

Over at Taman Jaya, Farida Abdul Kadir said she welcomed the idea to close the playground because families often gathered there.

However, she said the park should remain open for people to exercise.

“In cities, people commonly live in apartments and flats. They cannot go anywhere to exercise if parks are closed.

“When people are depressed, it is common to see an increase in abuse cases and conflict among family members, ” said Farida.

“I don’t have high-risk people in my house so I have no qualms going to the park, ” said Rashid Rashidi, a 30-year-old Petaling Jaya resident whose parents live in Klang.

Among the parks in Petaling Jaya that are closed are Taman Bandaran Kelana Jaya, Taman Tasik Komuniti Kelana Jaya, Taman Jaya, Taman Aman, Taman PJS 10, Taman Rimba Riang at Kota Damansara, Taman Railway, Taman Bandar Tasik Mutiara Damansara, Taman Padang Kota at Kota Damansara, Taman Section 8, Kota Damansara, Taman Ara Damansara, Taman Ara PJU 1A/29, Taman Centre Spine, Bandar Sri Damansara, Taman Section 6 Kota Damansara.

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