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Monday May 24, 2010

Rundown Bukit Aup Jubilee Park in Sibu needs a good spruce-up

THE Bukit Aup Jubilee Park, an award-winning recreational ground located about 5km from Sibu town, is in a sorry state.

Facilities at the park are in dire need of replacement or upgrading.

There are gaping holes in the wooden posts along the walk path, neon lights not functioning or missing, signs are peeling making them difficult to read, and the metal housing of electrical switches are covered with fungus.

Most of the wooden posts also needed a new coat of paint.

It is also sad to see polystyrene food containers and paper thrown around by visitors.

Sarawak Central Region Hotels Association chairman Johnny Wong wants the local authority to look into the matter before tourists start complaining.

He said, since the park was in poor condition, he had refrained from taking tourists there.

The park was opened in 1993 by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

It has won the National Landscaping Competition Award twice – in 1997 and 1998 – in the park category.

It was recognised as Sibu’s leading park. There are 15 other community parks in Sibu sponsored by different Chinese clan associations.

Bukit Aup Jubilee Park is an ideal place for those who want to shed some extra pounds.

Its steep staircases to the top of the park are good to sweat it out. It still attracts locals for early morning and evening walks.

As a green lung of Sibu, the park provides adequate facilities for one to unwind.

There is a suspension bridge, sheds, barbeque pits and an eating outlet which serves affordable but delicious foods and drinks.

It is also the perfect place to get a birds eye view of Sibu town.