‘Facilities at Taman Intan Baiduri park still inadequate despite upgrade’


Yee says the newly placed rubber foam under the swings does not cover the entire area, posing a risk to children.

DESPITE being upgraded by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the only public park and playground in Taman Intan Baiduri in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur still seems to lack facilities.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said after months of neglect, DBKL renovated the basketball and sepak takraw courts, playground and pedestrian bridges in the public park last month.

“I’m thankful to DBKL for upgrading the playground and public park but it’s not enough. The park needs a proper landscape and facilities.

“During the rainy season, there is water ponding on the courts and the surrounding area as the ground is not level.

“We have brought up this matter with DBKL,” he said during a site visit.

Yee said three major actions needed to be taken to further improve the public park to attract Taman Intan Baiduri residents to the park.

“The first is to build a proper jogging track surrounding the park.

“It will be helpful for the elderly and young to lead a healthy lifestyle as they can go for morning and evening walks at the park,” he said.

Yee is also concerned about the youths as they seldom go to the public park due to the lack of facilities.

“We are looking at installing sports equipment for them to exercise,” he added.

He said the new rubber foams under the swings did not cover the entire area, so children could trip and fall.

“What they did is not up to standard. We have appealed to DBKL to cover the entire place for the safety of the children,” he said.

Yee hoped DBKL would provide more budget to make the park a better place for everyone to exercise and play.

Resident Victor Chian, 68, urged fellow residents to make full use of the facilities at the public park and take good care of it.

“This is a beautiful park and I’m just worried the residents here don’t know how to take care of the place.

“It will be sad to see the residents vandalising public facilities or throwing rubbish everywhere,” he said.

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