BUKIT MERTAJAM: All dams and recreational areas under the jurisdiction of the Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) will be opened to the public from Friday (Feb 26).
Mengkuang Dam here on the mainland, as well as Ayer Itam Dam, Teluk Bahang Dam and the Bukit Dumbar Recreational Park on the island will open for recreational activities from 7am to 7pm.
"The matter was brought up in an exco meeting on Wednesday (Feb 25) following requests from the public on the opening of the dams.
"Approval has been given to reopen them," Penang youth and sports committee chairman Soon Lip Chee told reporters after visiting the Mengkuang Dam on Thursday (Feb 25) to check on standard operating procedures.
Also present were Penang State Sports Council director Harry Chai Heng Hua, PBAPP Human Resources Department head Teo Kah Cheong and Mengkuang Dam executive Zulkiflee Hashim.
Soon added that all other recreation parks in Penang were reopened on Monday (Feb 22) after an announcement by Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.
"All parks under the jurisdiction of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) are now open to the public.
"We followed what was announced by the minister on all sports activities, except group sports or those that involve close contact, which are not allowed.
"After walking or jogging, the public should not hang around, especially in groups, but to disperse.
"There should not be any eating, drinking or picnics. Leave the place after exercising," he reminded the public.
Soon also said the MBSP sports complex in Jalan Betek, Bukit Mertajam, the state stadium in Batu Kawan, and the stadium in Bertam, near Kepala Batas, were opened to the public.
Chai reminded joggers to put on their face masks after the exercise session.