Safety, Variety For Playgrounds, Not Mere Profit

Fatimah (centre) and Wahap (left) inspecting the playground at the Buntal Waterfront during their visit.

KUCHING: Local councils and developers have been reminded to put safety as the utmost priority when developing children’s playgrounds.

According to Welfare, Women and Family Development Minister Datuk Fatimah Abdullah, this is to ensure that children who frequent playgrounds will not be exposed to any danger or mishaps.

“Developers or the local councils should place priority on safety aspects and not to build playgrounds solely for profit,” said Fatimah.

She elaborated that focus should also be given to ‘variety’ in playground construction, pointing out that it should not only limited to two or three types of playing structures.

She was met by reporters after visiting the Buntal Waterfront playground yesterday.

“Under the Early Childhood Education Development Council, among the issues highlighted was the need to incorporate components outside the classroom as part of the childhood learning experience,” she said.

With around 430 children’s playgrounds available in Sarawak, Fatimah said the playground is one of the much-sought after places where a child can learn through interaction, leadership and other skills.

Meanwhile, Kuching City North Commission (DBKU) Mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Julai said DBKU has identified four land plots to be turned into playgrounds.

“Therefore, in line with DBKU’s Clean, Beautiful and Safe (CBS) Plan, we are calling the private sector to step forward to donate playground sets as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR),” he said.

Wahap said four locations identified were two in Kampung Tunku, Taman Sukma and Taman Desa Guru and added that each playground will be built at an estimated cost of around RM50,000.

When asked on vandalism under DBKU’s jurisdiction as of February this year, Wahap said DBKU has yet to come out with the budget for repairs.

“We will conduct a study on this matter as we believe that such cases were incidental, before we can determine the cause and action to be taken,” he explained.

The Buntal Waterfront children’s playground was built at a cost of RM50,000.

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