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Colours of Jalur Gemilang that light up the spirit of unity

Red, blue, yellow and white are the colours of Malaysia’s national flag. These heart warming colors have now lit up the multi purpose sports court at Perumahan Awam Seri Kedah or Flat Seri Kedah in Gombak Setia, Kuala Lumpur, calling up to a spirit of unity.

The outdoor futsal cum badminton courts at Flat Seri Kedah have caught the residents’ attention after putting on its colourful new ‘dress’, all thanks to the Sayangi Rumahku campaign initiated by Paramount Property, Nippon Paint Malaysia and EdgeProp.my.

This joint effort is in support of the National Community Policy or Dasar Komuniti Negara (DKN) formulated by the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) that aims to improve the lives of the B40 group.

The painting work in Flat Seri Kedah started on Sept 5, 2020, and was set for completion on Sept 23 but everything was done way ahead of schedule.

Paramount Property CEO Beh Chun Chong expressed his excitement when witnessing the completion of the final sports court under the Sayangi Rumahku campaign which started in July 2019.

He notes that the refurbishment work was completed one day before Malaysia Day, making it even more meaningful as the residents here celebrate the blissful occasion with a brand new looking court.

The painting work of Flat Seri Kedah was supposed to be completed in March, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of movement control order (MCO), the refurbishment and painting works were postponed.

Nevertheless, the colourful sports court definitely is a timely present for mood lifting. “The colours of our national flag promotes the spirit of unity in the community. The vibrant colours of the court will cheer people up and with more positive energy we can move forward well and prosper.

“Although the physical distancing practice is currently in place, I’m sure that after the Covid-19 crisis, the court will serve its full purpose to the residents here. I feel proud that we are able to carry out such a meaningful activity that contributes back to the community,” Beh told EdgeProp.my after participating in the painting work at Flat Seri Kedah on Sept 15.

Painting work in Flat Seri Kedah involved the outdoor futsal cum badminton courts, concrete slides and a gazebo, with participation from the staff of Paramount Property, Nippon Paint Malaysia and EdgeProp.my, as well as residents at Flat Seri Kedah. All volunteered themselves to take part in the painting work, which sped up the work process.

More than 400 litres of paint were used for the painting.

 “This refurbishment is more relevant in the days of Covid-19 than ever before, as it is not just about partaking in activities in the court — it is a sight to behold. The very sight of it gives you a refreshing and welcoming sense, which is much needed in days like this.

“The feedback is clear that the community here is happy [with the initiative]. Residents, some of them are elderly, have taken time to join the work here,” EdgeProp Malaysia editor-in-chief and managing director Au Foong Yee said.

Nippon Paint Malaysia marketing manager Sharon Pong concurs that the joint effort between residents and corporate volunteers is something valuable that makes this campaign meaningful.

Besides transforming the multipurpose sports court into a colourful and vibrant place, she believes that the improvement in the environment would help to instill good mood and a sense of community to residents here.

“[From my observation] I can tell that they really appreciated the work we are doing. More importantly, they have demonstrated a strong sense of responsibility and unity in enhancing the common facilities and spaces,” she added.

Nabil Nasyriq, 27, who grew up in Flat Seri Kedah, said he is now more motivated to utilise the courts after seeing the refurbishment done as they are now equipped with futsal goal posts and badminton nets.

“I would like to play futsal with my friends here. I also hope that the makeover would prompt the residents to make good use and take good care of the courts,” he added. Nabil is also the secretary of Seri Kedah residents association.

Flat Seri Kedah has around 1,900 residents. It is the third PPR that saw its courts being refurbished under the Sayangi Rumahku campaign. The first two were PPR Lembah Subang 1 and PPR Seri Cempaka where refurbishment work has been completed with positive feedback from the respective communities.

This story first appeared in the EdgeProp.my e-Pub on Aug 18, 2020. You can access back issues here.

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