The refurbishment continues! On a slightly overcast Saturday morning on Sept 5, some 12 community volunteers from Perumahan Awam Seri Kedah or Flat Seri Kedah public housing scheme here in Gombak Setia, Kuala Lumpur rolled up their sleeves to begin refurbishment works on their outdoor sports court.

Work began as early as 8am and as usual, the court was cleaned up before the application of acrylic sealant. And, in line with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) prescribed by the Health Ministry during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), volunteers were required to observe physical distancing rules and wear face masks.

Compared to previous refurbishment works in PPR Lembah Subang 1 and PPR Seri Cempaka, this court in Seri Kedah is the largest of the lot and comes with concrete slides and a gazebo.

Besides community volunteers, staff from, Paramount Property Development Sdn Bhd and Nippon Paint Malaysia also helped out in the painting works, to give the facility a colourful makeover throughout September.

“This is a great project. The refurbishment of the court allows the residents to utilise the area for events in the future as well. There is no need to hold them on the narrow roads around the housing area and block traffic.

“When [the painting] is done, it will lead to merrier surroundings and also encourage youths to come over and engage in sporting activities,” the president of Seri Kedah residents association Hassan Basri Osman told

Another community volunteer, Basiroh Abdul Kamil, who has lived in Flat Seri Kedah for over 30 years, described this housing estate as her “kampung”, where everyone gets along well with each other, with numerous gatherings and activities held at the sports courts.

“However, there is still a lack of community awareness in taking proper care of the communal facilities. The condition of the sports courts dilapidated over the years and a refurbishment or upgrading is important to make this a safe place for the community,” said Basiroh, who is also a committee member of the Seri Kedah residents association.

Nabil Nasyriq, who also volunteered in the painting of the facilties, felt happy to contribute to the community where he was born and raised.

“The sports courts are important to the community as they offer an outlet for the youth to utilise for their sporting activities. We appreciate this project [Sayang Rumahku] as it helps to upgrade the condition of the sports courts and it also promotes volunteerism and strengthens our community bonds, and I am grateful for being involved [in Sayangi Rumahku]” said the 28-year-old resident.

The Sayangi Rumahku campaign is a joint effort by, Paramount Property and Nippon Paint Malaysia in support of the National Community Policy or Dasar Komuniti Negara (DKN) formulated by the Housing and Local Government Ministry which aims to improve the lives of the B40 group.

Started in July 2019, Sayangi Rumahku has completed the refurbishment of sports courts in PPR Lembah Subang 1 and PPR Seri Cempaka.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for more updates as the volunteers add more splashes of colour to the courts over the following week.

The refurbishment will see the outdoor badminton courts in Flat Seri Kedah turned into one large multipurpose space that will provide the residents with three badminton courts and a futsal court, as well as an event space.

This story first appeared in the e-Pub on Sept 11, 2020. You can access back issues here.

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