Penang reopens hill trails to hikers

Visitors putting on face masks outside the entrance of Penang Botanic Gardens. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

HIKERS can now get back to their favourite activity, but they should not do this in groups, said Soon Lip Chee.

The Penang youth and sports committee chairman also said those involved in sports activities should warm up to prevent sprains and other health problems.

“The Moon Gate next to Penang Botanic Gardens and other popular trails are now open to hikers.

“But they must follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and should not be in groups when hiking.

“The public parks are also open, with strict SOPs to be adhered to at all times.

“Those who are at the parks for jogs or walks should leave after completing their exercises and workouts.

“They should not sit in groups for a chat after that, ” said Soon after visiting Penang City Park on Monday.

It was reported that starting Monday, public parks under both the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP), and the Botanic Gardens in Waterfall Road are allowed to open during the movement control order (MCO).

Parks that are open under MBPP include City Park and Metropolitan Park.

The parks that will open under the MBSP include the Bukit DO Park, Upcycle Park, Tekoma Park, One Baby One Tree Park Bandar Perda and Pantai Robina Park.

Meanwhile, Soon said activities involving crowds that were still not allowed were events like fun runs, fun rides, marathons and triathlons.

Meanwhile avid hiker Gurdial Singh, in welcoming the move, urged hikers to follow the SOPs at all times.

“Hikers have been waiting for a long time to resume hiking and the state should be commended for allowing the sports.

“Hikers should do this individually and not in groups, ” he said.

An avid hiker for the last 30 years, Gurdial and his Hash House Harriers friends have created hundreds of trails up to the popular Penang Hill.

He is also the man most people look for when emergencies occur in the area.

He has written a book titled Nature Trails of Penang Island, a collaboration with the Malaysian Nature Society.

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