‘Come forward to adopt public sports facilities’

A skatepark is among the 11 facilities in the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre in Johor Baru. — Filepic

Johor Baru mayor Datuk Noorazam Osman said there were 84 sports facilities in the council’s jurisdiction, including futsal, basketball, badminton and sepak takraw courts as well as gyms.

“We also have a football field at each of the 380 recreational parks.

“The parks also have children’s playgrounds.

“MBJB is discussing with non-governmental organisations, associations and sports clubs that are interested in handling the operations of these facilities,” he said when contacted by StarMetro.

One of MBJB’s most-awaited public parks is the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre (TMIYC) in Hutan Bandar MBJB which is expected to open at the end of the year.

“TMIYC is an extreme sports arena that offers rock climbing, skateboarding, mountain biking and parkour facilities.

“Some of these sports were competitive events at the recent Tokyo Olympics 2020,” said Noorazam, who hoped that these facilities would help give birth to more extreme sports athletes in Johor.Noorazam: Johor Baru City Council has 84 public sports facilities.Noorazam: Johor Baru City Council has 84 public sports facilities.

He also revealed that the city council would be in charge of some of the sports venues for the next Malaysia Games (Sukma), namely the Aquatic Centre and Arena Larkin Indoor Stadium.

“Maintenance of sports facilities and recreational parks will be conducted in phases based on allocations from the government.”

The mayor said this when asked to comment on Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad’s call for local councils to improve public amenities and promote a healthy lifestyle among Johoreans.

Hasni had said that the maintenance of some public amenities was neglected during the movement control order.

“We should improve our parks to better suit the current needs of the people, in line with the healthier lifestyle that the government is promoting,” he said, adding that public amenities should be developed to international standards.

Meanwhile, Pasir Gudang mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said the city council (MBPG) was planning to develop TMIYC Pasir Gudang beginning early 2022, to be built together with Dataran Mahkota Pasir Gudang.

“The gross development value is expected to be around RM30mil.

“The centre will include a wet park, archery park, playground, outdoor trail, wall climbing, street workout, food truck, caravan place, multipurpose building and public gym.

“The development is expected to take about two years to complete.”

Asman Shah also said that a running track and swimming pool would be built near the new MBPG office in Kong Kong.

“One of the elements under our ‘Dynamic Pasir Gudang’ initiative is to provide the best public facilities in our recreational areas.

“We have about 134 playgrounds, five football fields and two rugby fields.”

He added that there were seven public parks in MBPG’s jurisdiction, namely Taman Bandar Pasir Gudang, Laman Rekreasi Sungai Buloh, Taman Tasik Dahlia, Taman Tasik Perdana, Taman Tasik Seri Alam, Taman Paya Bakau Tanjung Langsat and Laman Extreme.

“The city council is in the midst of gazetting Taman Bandar Pasir Gudang as a federal park.

“We are also developing Laman Rekreasi Sungai Buloh as an extreme park where people can enjoy activities such as flying fox, jungle trekking and camping,” said Asman Shah.

Additionally, he said there were 42 futsal courts under the council’s purview.

In Iskandar Puteri, mayor Datuk Mohd Haffiz Ahmad said the city council (MBIP) regularly conducted maintenance of its public parks.

“MBIP oversees more than 700 parks, the largest being the 25ha MBIP Urban Forest Park.

“We have allocated about RM8mil for the maintenance of all public parks, including RM500,000 for the annual maintenance of MBIP Urban Forest.”

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