KUALA LUMPUR – February 12, 2018: The National Landscape Department (NLD) wants those who organise recreational group activities at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail’s Taman Persekutuan Bukit Kiara to register with it.
In so saying the department’s spokesman was quick to stress that there is no ulterior motive behind this move and that it is merely for the department’s record keeping and park management.
Concerns over the move were raised by participants of the Sunday morning Zumba/Aerobics class after one of the department officers was said to have interrupted their session.
The session, organised by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) when the park was under its jurisdiction, has been going on for more than 20 years.
The NLD now manages the park.
“I can assure you that we do not want any beneficial activities to stop. The NLD just wants to reach out to the organisers and tell them to have the details of their activities registered in our database,” said the spokesman.
“Since the NLD is the one managing the park, we want to know in detail about the kind of daily, weekly and monthly activities that are held in the park and the crowd size for each activity.
“We also want to know who to contact if we want to inquire. Organisers do not need to worry about us rejecting their registration because we will approve it, unless if it’s an illegal activity,” he said.
He added that all recreational activities organised at the park can proceed as usual during the registration.
Those who want to register can click here or call the department’s hotline at 03-40470000.
Yesterday morning, an NLD officer approached Zumba Instructor Aida Suriyaliez Abdul Jazam, as she was conducting her work-out session, asking for details of the class.
Aliez, as she is known, has been conducting the Sunday morning class at the park for more than 15 years under DBKL’s community service.
It is learnt that she had not received any notice of change or termination of programme.
A regular park-goer and long-time Zumba participant, Ann Lubis said it was an “unpleasant surprise” to see the officer at the venue on a Sunday, and persisted to get details of the activity from Aliez.
“Although Aliez has been conducting the free class for some 15 years, the activity itself has been going on for 20 years. The participants are from all over the Klang Valley – multi-racial & diverse. This is DBKL’s service to the community and we appreciate this very much”.
Caption: The Sunday morning Zumba class in full swing.
Photograph by Chong Yoke Mei