KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18): Public parks in the Federal Territories (FT) are now allowed to be opened to the public, similar to gymnasiums and golf courses, Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa announced today.
The parks were previously shut in adherence to the ongoing two-week conditional movement control order (CMCO) imposed on the Klang Valley — which includes the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya — from October 14 to October 27.
Announcing this on Twitter today, Annuar said, “CMCO SOP (standard operating procedures) allows certain sports. Golf courses are open. Gyms are open. But public parks are closed. JKKN WP (Federal Territories state security committee) after consultation with MKN (National Security Council) KKM (Health Ministry) decided that Public Parks in FT can be opened with the condition that there are SOP compliance controls. Give opportunity for allowed recreation activities only.” There was no further elaboration, reported the Malay Mail today.
On October 13, The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which comes under Annuar’s ministry, had announced on Oct 13 that all its 17 public parks, including their restrooms, would be closed during the CMCO period.
Following an appeal from the Youth and Sports Ministry, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced yesterday that the government had decided to allow gymnasiums, commercial football fields and futsal courts in CMCO areas to resume operations from October 19 onwards, under the condition that all SOPs are observed. The said conditions and SOPs were issued by the Youth and Sports Ministry yesterday.
Meanwhile, golf clubs in the Klang Valley region has continued operations in line with the government’s SOPs during the CMCO period, following a reported announcement by the Malaysian Golf Association before the start of the CMCO on Oct 13.
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