Renewed focus on mental and physical well-being


LOCAL councils in Selangor are reopening selected facilities for public use as part of the easing of restrictions under the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

These include sports facilities, multipurpose or community halls only for sports and recreation purposes, as well as libraries.

By doing so, many local councils in predominantly urban areas have paved the way for residents to get back to activities that are bound to bring about significant lifestyle changes.

After all, the benefits of physical activity on physical and mental health are well known StarMetro speaks to several local authorities to find out about the reopened facilities and the new entry requirements.

While such facilities are open to only fully vaccinated adults, exceptions have been made for unvaccinated children and teenagers to enter some of the premises if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ)

All sports and recreational facilities under MBSJ have reopened for indoor and outdoor activities to fully vaccinated individuals as of Sept 13, said MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.

“We have a total of three stadiums, two swimming pool complexes, two gyms, 19 multipurpose halls, 18 fields, nine sports sites (laman sukan) and two futsal courts available to the public.

Stadium MBPJ is currently being used for Malaysia Super League football matches.Stadium MBPJ is currently being used for Malaysia Super League football matches.

“Children aged 17 and below are allowed to use the sports facilities, if they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian.”

The operating hours for most of the multipurpose halls, stadiums and sports facilities are from 9am to 10pm daily.

The exception is Arena MBSJ in USJ5, which is open from 7am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm on weekdays. On weekends and public holidays, it is open from 7am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm.

On Wednesdays, the swimming pool is open for women only.

“Those who want to use MBSJ’s sports facilities need to book an appointment first,” said Azfarizal.

“Bookings can be done online via www.mbsj.gov.my.

“However, users have to register as a member of My@MBSJ before they can book their appointment.

“Full payment for the use of sports facilities can also be done on the same platform.

“Court rental rates are between RM15 and RM20 per hour.”

Meanwhile, MBSJ’s three hypermedia libraries will only reopen on Oct 4.

An appointment is required prior to visiting any of the libraries located in Kompleks 3C Bandar Sunway, Bandar Puteri Puchong and Kompleks 3K Seri Kembangan.

Appointments can be done by calling 03-5637 1704 or sending details to the message inbox at www.facebook.com/perpustakaanhipermedia

The libraries are open from Mondays to Saturdays, and closed on Sundays and public holidays.

For details, visit www.facebook.com/MBSubangJaya

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA)

MBSA started reopening its multipurpose or community halls for sports and recreation activities following Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement on relaxations after Selangor transitioned into Phase Two of the NRP on Sept 10.

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“There are 52 multipurpose or community halls under MBSA’s purview, located in Sections 4 to 36 and Sections U1 to U20,” said MBSA Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad.

“We started opening them up for indoor sports and recreation activities to fully vaccinated individuals on Sept 10 when the easing of restrictions came into effect.

“Users are required to wear face masks and use hand sanitisers prior to entry, and observe physical distancing at all times.”

He said children were allowed to enter, on condition that they were accompanied by a parent or guardian who was fully vaccinated.

The halls are open from 8am to 10pm daily.

“All hall facilities require bookings and full payment in advance, before they can be used,” said Shahrin.

He assured that the rates remained the same as before the movement control order was imposed.

“Bookings can be done at the Valuation and Property Management Department counter, while payments can be made via cashless methods at the counter on the ground floor. Both counters are located at Wisma MBSA in Shah Alam,” he added.

For booking details, visit https://bit.ly/3Ayp2fF

Meanwhile, MBSA’s zipline attraction at Taman Tasik Shah Alam in Section 14, was reopened to the public on Sept 11.

The 240m-long zipline comprises two main components — a launching tower and landing area.

However, the three libraries under MBSA — located in Section 19, Taman Mutiara Subang and Kota Kemuning — remain closed, but Shahrin said they were expected to reopen soon.

Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)

Almost all MBPJ facilities have been reopened to the public, except for the swimming pool complex.

“Stadium MBPJ in Kelana Jaya is now being used for Malaysia Super League (MFL) football matches involving two host teams — Selangor and PJ City,” said an MBPJ spokesperson.

“The stadium can only be booked for tournaments.

Badminton lovers play sports to maintain their good health at a court in Shah Alam. Selangor began allowing indoor sports activities since Sept 10.Badminton lovers play sports to maintain their good health at a court in Shah Alam. Selangor began allowing indoor sports activities since Sept 10.

“Priority is given to schools to use the track for sporting events based on guidelines issued by the National Security Council (NSC).

“MBPJ’s multipurpose halls, courts and fields have also reopened, only for sports and recreation purposes.

“There are 35 halls in total and they are open from 8am to 9pm daily.”

The halls cannot be booked for social functions, until determined otherwise by NSC.

“Only the following activities are allowed: badminton, tennis, squash, volleyball, basketball, futsal, hockey, football, Zumba, tai chi, silat, taekwondo and similar physical group activities,” said the spokesperson.

“Depending on the sport, the maximum number of people allowed is seven to 25 per court or field.

“For group activities, the maximum number of people allowed is 10 to 20 per hall, depending on the premises’ size.”

He added that the Petaling Jaya Community Library and its three branches, Petaling Jaya Museum as well as Taman Jaya Knowledge Kiosk had all reopened on Sept 20.

MBSJ employees cleaning books, shelves and equipment before the reopening of the city council’s hypermedia library in Bandar Sunway. — LOW LAY PHON/The StarMBSJ employees cleaning books, shelves and equipment before the reopening of the city council’s hypermedia library in Bandar Sunway. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

Entry to the libraries and museum is by appointment only, with these facilities having reduced the visitors’ capacity to 50%.

Appointments can be booked by phone, email, Google Form or the respective facility’s Facebook page.

Petaling Jaya Community Library at Jalan Selangor is open on Mondays from noon to 5pm and Tuesdays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on weekends and public holidays.

The branch libraries located in Taman Medan, Kota Damansara and Bandar Utama are only open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9am to 4pm.

Petaling Jaya Museum is only open Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on Fridays, weekends and public holidays.

“Children aged 17 and below have to be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent or guardian,” said the spokesperson.

“All visitors have to comply with the safety SOP, such as wearing face masks and scanning the MySejahtera QR Code upon entry.”

Rental details can be viewed at http://etempahan.mbpj.gov.my

However, the spokesperson said booking and payment for use of facilities could only be done at MBPJ’s e-tempahan counters located at Menara MBPJ, which are open from 8.30am to 1.30pm.

For details, call 03-7956 3544 ext 148/158 or visit www.facebook.com/pjcitycouncil

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS)

Five out of eight multipurpose halls under the MPS management are available now for public use.

They are Dewan Seroja, Dewan Ixora Kundang Botani, Dewan MPS Matang Pagar, Dewan MPS Kampung Melayu Kundang and Dewan MPS Kota Puteri.

“Three of the halls are not available,” said MPS Corporate Communications director Mohamad Zin Masoad.

“One is serving as a vaccination centre, another is being used by an internal MPS department and the remaining unit is under renovation.

“The Seri Siantan Swimming Complex is also open to the public, for three sessions daily.

The Seri Siantan Swimming Complex under MPS is now open to fully vaccinated people, for three sessions daily.The Seri Siantan Swimming Complex under MPS is now open to fully vaccinated people, for three sessions daily.

“All these facilities are open only to fully vaccinated individuals for sports and recreation purposes only.

“Children have to be accompanied by fully vaccinated parents or guardians,” he added.

Bookings are required for use of the multipurpose halls.

They can be done at the Public Facilities Unit office at Stadium MPS, via phone at 03-6120 1360 or online via https://public.mps.gov.my/e-dewan

Payment can be made at the Public Facilities Unit counter, kiosk at MPS headquarters or at any MPS branch offices.

Meanwhile, Stadium MPS is off-limits to the public as it is also used for hosting football league matches.

For more information, visit www.mps.gov.my

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