PETALING JAYA (Feb 18): Scores of children can be seen playing in the newly refurbished sports courts of PPR Lembah Subang 1 in Petaling Jaya and PPR Seri Cempaka in Kuala Lumpur with smiles on their faces on a clear and sunny day.
From bare concrete and dilapidated conditions, the sports courts of these PPRs were transformed into multipurpose ones with colourful art design inspired by the national flag, Jalur Gemilang.
“It touches my heart. I am delighted to witness the children gathering around the courts, playing together after the sport courts’ refurbishment. It means a lot to us as one of the supporters of the Sayangi Rumahku campaign. The transformation [of the sports courts] adds colour to the PPR community and hopefully encourage them to inculcate healthy habits as well,” Nippon Paint Malaysia assistant general manager of marketing Datin Wong Meng Lee told EdgeProp.my.
The Sayangi Rumahku campaign is a joint effort by EdgeProp.my, Paramount Property and Nippon Paint Malaysia Sdn Bhd in support of the National Community Policy or Dasar Komuniti Negara (DKN) formulated by the Housing and Local Government Ministry. The DKN is aimed at improving the lives of the B40 group.
Since July 2019, the Sayangi Rumahku campaign has completed the upgrading works for the sports courts in PPR Lembah Subang 1 and PPR Seri Cempaka.
During the process, PPR residents had participated in the painting works together with the volunteers from Nippon Paint Malaysia, Paramount Property and EdgeProp.my.
“The campaign has helped create vibrant learning and play spaces for children where they are positively stimulated through an inspiring environment brought by the impact of colours. Caregivers or parents can have peace of mind knowing that their children are in a safe, healthy and conducive environment,” said Wong, adding that she is very proud of the efforts put in by the artist, volunteers and organisers to ensure the smooth running of the campaign.
Wong noted that there was an overwhelming response from Nippon Paint staff and management associates across various departments, totalling some 30 people to volunteer for this campaign. In addition, a total of 1,365 litres of paint and RM5,000 worth of painting tools have been used thus far.
“It is an amazing journey to witness how lives and communities are being transformed for the better through this colourful collaboration. At Nippon Paint, we truly believe in giving back to the community. As such, we are determined to continue working with our partners to bring joy to the community through vibrant colours.
“At the end of the day, Nippon Paint is a company that truly cares for the community. We are glad to know that this campaign is being very well-received by the community. It is our goal to continuously collaborate with more organisations in the future for a programme such as Sayangi Rumahku!” declares Wong.
Meanwhile, the campaign will continue with the refurbishment of the sports court at PPR Seri Kedah in Gombak, Kuala Lumpur where the outdoor badminton courts will be turned into one large multipurpose space that will provide three badminton courts and a futsal court.
The court could also be used as an event space for the local residents.
The refurbishment work at PPR Seri Kedah is now ready for painting works which has been postponed due to health concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak but the stakeholders involved have promised to commence work as soon as possible.