KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Kuala Lumpur MPs is urging Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to reconsider the closure of its public parks and playgrounds.
The MPs said that DBKL's decision was not in line with the recent announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin that "isolation for a long period of time can affect mental health. To avoid this, the public is allowed to leave the house for exercise but only with members of their household."
"For KL residents, public parks are the most suitable, controlled and safe location to carry out recreational activities in accordance with all standard operating procedures (SOP) of the National Security Council (NSC).
"In fact, all these public parks are located near or adjacent to residential areas," they said in a joint statement.
They hoped that DBKL would discuss with NSC to set strict SOPs to enable the use of public parks in the city for the mental health of residents.
The parliamentarians include Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai, Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil, Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh, Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, Batu MP P. Prabakaran, Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng and Wangsa Maju MP Datin Paduka Tan Yee Kew.
Earlier on Wednesday (Jan 13), DBKL announced that all public parks and playgrounds under its jurisdiction would be closed until further notice.
DBKL said in a statement that the closure was in view of the MCO announced by the government.
It said that the closure was to avoid overcrowding at the public parks and playgrounds.
Some of the parks that will be closed include Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Botani Perdana and Taman Metropolitan Kepong.
The closure comes despite some flexibility given for leisure activities including jogging and cycling as announced by Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob Ismail on Tuesday (Jan 12).
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