Maintenance of parks called into question

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) should take the necessary measures to ensure all recreational parks in Brunei are kept clean and maintained at all times for the convenience of its visitors, said a Legislative Council (LegCo) member.

During the 12th LegCo session yesterday, Yang Berhormat Hj Awang Ahmad Morshidi Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Diraja Dato Laila Utama Hj Awang Abdul Rahman said that some recreational parks in the sultanate are in bad shape.

Citing an example, YB Hj Awang Ahmad Morshidi said facilities at the Jubilee Park in the capital have been left unattended, although workers from the Municipal Department are often seen cleaning the park.

He also raised concerns on the opening hours of the Jubilee Park, noting that other recreational parks, such as the Tasek Lama Recreational Park, are only open from 6.00 am to 6.30 pm.

“Jubilee Park is also always open and is not gated properly. This means that it is free for anyone to visit and sometimes you get young people loitering until evening,” said the LegCo member.

He added that rubbish, empty bottles and cigarette butts are often left behind for the cleaners to clear, and some visitors also destroy park facilities.

“At Tasek, (pets) are not allowed as well as bicycles, swimming and food,” he said.

In response, Minister of Home Affairs YB Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong said MoHA will consider the suggestions to maintain all national parks.

The minister also noted that the community has the responsibility to ensure that recreational parks are well-maintained after using them.

The Brunei Times