Stop work and dis­cuss with res­i­dents, state rep tells coun­cil

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GE­ORGE TOWN: A DAP law­maker has urged the lo­cal coun­cil to halt a land­scape up­grad­ing project at the his­tor­i­cal Col­lege Av­enue field pend­ing fur­ther dis­cus­sions with res­i­dents in the area.

Pu­lau Tikus as­sem­bly­man Yap Soo Huey said she only found out about the Pe­nang Is­land City Coun­cil (MBPP) work­ing on the field yes­ter­day.

“My im­me­di­ate re­ac­tion was to ask MBPP to send me de­tails of what it in­tended to do.

“Af­ter see­ing the plans, I sug­gested that they im­me­di­ately stop work, un­til we can sit down to­gether to dis­cuss if we can pro­vide a bet­ter park for fam­i­lies, young and old in the area, in a way that is not MBPP’s usual sledge­ham­mer method,” she said on her Face­book page.

Yap is over­seas on hol­i­day.

She also shared her fond mem­o­ries of the field, as she used to live near the area, adding that her fam­ily had lived in Fes­ti­val Court (now Ad­ven­tist Court), at the junc­tion of Per­siaran Mid­lands and Le­buhraya Mak­tab, from 1987 to 1996, be­fore mov­ing to the area be­hind Pu­lau Tikus Mar­ket due to the con­struc­tion of the Mid­lands One Stop Cen­tre mall.

“When I was stay­ing at Fes­ti­val Court, I used to walk across the field to my school nearby.

“I’ve spent much time wait­ing for friends, jump­ing hur­dles and prac­tis­ing ath­let­ics on the field,” she said.

She even shared that her grand­mother used to go to the hair sa­loon nearby and she would sit and wait for her at the field.

“Af­ter leav­ing SK Con­vent Pu­lau Tikus, I con­tin­ued my stud­ies at SM Con­vent Pu­lau Tikus and had net­ball and ath­let­ics train­ing there.

“I now con­tinue to fre­quent the area, so I know the field and the com­mu­nity well.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate how ur­ban and com­mu­nity parks can func­tion bet­ter with some help from a good city coun­cil.

“How­ever, my view is that up­root­ing the grass is a waste and I think there are cer­tainly skill sets and knowl­edge that need to be im­proved in MBPP,” she said.

She also as­sured the res­i­dents in the area that they would “make good” or she would protest with the res­i­dents “un­til good is done”. It was re­ported that res­i­dents in the area had ob­jected to the project.

The res­i­dents had also formed a res­i­dent com­mit­tee and sub­mit­ted a let­ter to MBPP, ob­ject­ing to the project, which saw the grass of the field dug up for a sup­posed con­crete jog­ging track. The res­i­dents have also started an on­line pe­ti­tion which has gar­nered about 700 sig­na­tures to date.

Yap Soo Huey

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