By Wilfred Pilo
KUCHING, Feb 18: The Kuching Family Park was upgraded at the cost of RM500,000 from the National Landscape Department (NLD), says Deputy Minister of Utilities and Telecommunications Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.
“The project started in September 2021 and was completed by February 2022 with facilities such as a football field, children’s playground, multi-purpose court, garden house, and benches.
“We hope the public can fully utilise the recreational park and its facilities, and to inculcate the spirit of community and appreciate the local council who provided such amenities for residents under their jurisdiction,” he said.
Dr Abdul Rahman, who is Pantai Damai assemblyman, said this when officiating the upgraded Kuching Family Park at Jalan Sultan Tengah today.
He also elaborated on child safety and said that child-friendly parks and playgrounds would give parents peace of mind.
“When we built such facilities for the public and children, we want it to be in an open area so that we could have enough space and that the facility would not be congested. We want our children to play happily, too.
“That is why we would not build such a recreational facility at the edge of a residential area or in a small area,” he said.
Dr Abdul Rahman said that this is also part of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) Child-Friendly Cities Initiatives (CFCI), which among it is to uphold children’s rights.
“We should uphold this principle for our children, and recently, Unicef and Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the matter. Therefore, public facilities must be friendly towards them (children),” he said.
Also present were DBKU mayor Datu Juniadi Reduan and director Mohamed Khaidir Abang. — DayakDaily