PPR residents glad that dilapidated sports courts will be revitalised

PETALING JAYA (July 19): Residents of three public housing schemes under the Property Sayangi Rumahku campaign are glad to have the sports courts at their respective People's Housing Projects (PPR) that have been left in dilapidated conditions for a long time, revitalised under the Sayangi Rumahku campaign.

Sayangi Rumahku is a private sector initiative which is being undertaken jointly by EdgeProp Malaysia, Paramount Property Development Sdn Bhd and Nippon Paint Malaysia.

Under the project, the outdoor sports courts of the three PPRs, namely Lembah Subang 1 in Petaling Jaya, Seri Cempaka in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur and Perumahan Awam Seri Kedah in Gombak Setia will be rejuvenated with a whole new look but with their functionality intact.

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Targeted to be completed later this year, the courts will then offer a colourful, fun and safe place for the 16,000 residents living in the three PPRS to exercise, have fun and bond with each other, which will provide them a better and healthier lifestyle.

Community leader of PPR Lembah Subang 1 Aziz Hasim said the courts in the PPR have been in a state of disrepair and have not been in use by the residents for a long time.

"This is a good project as, after the courts here are repaired, children will have a safe and proper place to play again instead of wandering around," he told at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Sayangi Rumahku project held at PPR Lembah Subang 1 today.

Meanwhile, community leader of PPR Seri Cempaka Kamaruddin Hamid said that the project will not only benefit the children but the residents as a whole.

"Through this project, what is broken will be repaired and become a place for the residents, especially the children to play and social," he said.

In order to ensure the longevity of the courts after they are repaired, Kamaruddin said the residents at PPR Seri Cempaka have plans in mind to tackle the issue of maintenance in the long run.

"Our court has been repaired for three to four times before this. But this time we want to change the mentality of the residents to make sure that they appreciate the repaired court.

"We are planning to roll out an awareness program to educate the residents on how to use the things that have been given to us and appreciate them. On top of that, we will also outline a set of rules for the usage of the court, such as the opening time and registration of users," he elaborated.

Sayangi Rumahku is an initiative in support of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government's Dasar Komuniti Negara (DKN) or National Community Policy.

Among the objectives of DKN is to foster a sense of belonging and responsibility among the PPR communities so that the residents will take ownership of the common property, shared facilities and space while having mutual respect and care for each other.

Also present at the event were KPKT secretary-general Datuk Sri Mohammad Mentek, deputy secretary-general (Policy) Datuk Dr Mary Wong, National Housing Department (JPN) director Murali Jayabalan, Local Government department director-general Datuk Noor Ihsan Che Mat, EdgeProp Malaysia managing director and editor-in-chief Au Foong Yee, Paramount Property Development Sdn Bhd CEO Beh Chun Chong, Nippon Paint Malaysia general manager of marketing (paint company) Tay Sze Tuck and head of project marketing Datin Wong Meng Lee.

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