BUSINESSMAN Azmin Baba, 52, could not contain his joy and excitement upon hearing news that cycling is now allowed under Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
“Cycling is everything to me. Now that this activity is allowed, I will be out early in the morning cycling around my area.
“Prior to the movement control order restrictions, I was training two cyclists for the Malaysia Games (Sukma).
“Hopefully, I can resume that soon as well but for now, I will just enjoy being able to cycle again, ” he said.
Azmin, who usually enjoys cycling in jungles, said he would just cycle near his house for now.
“I have my own usual trails as I have been cycling for 20 years, but now I understand there are rules.
“Being able to just go out and get on my bicycle is more than enough for me, ” he said.
Managing director Bryan Toong, 47, welcomed the news as a cycling enthusiast.
“The past few weeks, they allowed joggers to go out. Now, it’s our turn.
“I fear that after a long period of inactivity, people with underlying health issues may not realise that they are exerting themselves.
“I hope that those who are coming out after a long break will take it slow, ” he said.
Toong said although he was not an avid jogger, he took to running as an alternative since he could not cycle.
“I just do it to let out my frustration of staying at home, ” he said.
G Club Penang Cyclists chairman Datuk Dr Lim Seh Guan said if cyclists were limited to a 10km range from their residences, it might not be the safest thing as it was a small range.
“Everyone must follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure there are no new clusters.
“My advice is to avoid gathering or joining each other from rides at gathering points and just go out for the physical aspect of cycling, ” he said.
Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said certain outdoor sports were allowed as long as the SOP was adhered to at all times.
“Outdoor sports like jogging, exercise activities, cycling, skateboarding, fishing, tennis, hiking, archery, golf and equestrian are allowed.
“Local parks like Penang Botanic Gardens and Penang City Park will be open but parks under the supervision of Penang Water Supply Corporation will remain closed.
“We do, however, discourage inter-district travel to visit the parks, ” he said.