ALL dams and recreational areas under the jurisdiction of the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) will be opened to the public from today.
Mengkuang Dam in Bukit Mertajam on the mainland, as well as Ayer Itam Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam and the Bukit Dumbar Recreational Park on the island will be opened for recreational activities from 7am till 7pm.
“The matter was brought up in an exco meeting on Wednesday following request from the public on the opening of the dams.
“Approval has been given to reopen them, ” Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee told reporters after visiting the Mengkuang Dam yesterday to check on all standard operating procedures (SOPs).
Soon said all recreation parks in Penang reopened on Monday after an announcement by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
“All parks under the jurisdiction of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) are now open to the public.
“We followed what was announced by the minister on all sports activities, except group sports or sports that involve close contact, which are not allowed.
“After walking or jogging, the public should not hang around, especially in groups, but to go back home.
“There should not be any picnic like eating or drinking. Leave the place after exercising, ” he reminded the public.
Soon also said the MBSP sports complex in Jalan Betek, Bukit Mertajam, state stadium in Batu Kawan, and stadium in Bertam, near Kepala Batas, are open to the public.
Also present were Penang State Sports Council director Harry Chai Heng Hua, PBAPP Human Resources Department head Teo Kah Cheong and Mengkuang Dam executive Zulkiflee Hashim.
Chai advised joggers to run at their own pace and drink plenty of water.
“After the exercise session, please don’t forget to put on your mask, ” he added.