Posted: 03 Mar 2011 07:18 PM PST
Article in The Star today
THE Millennium Park in SS13 Subang Jaya is coming back to life as people are now carrying out aerobics exercise there twice a week.
The exercise, conducted by professional trainers, started last July and is on Saturday mornings from 7.30am to 8am.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Hannah Yeoh, who initiated the programme, is extending it to an additional day on Wednesday night from 8pm to 8.30pm.
"I have funds from my allocation for this year's programme and hopefully with this additional day, working people and the young can come after work to exercise," said Yeoh on Wednesday during the exercise programme.
She said mostly senior citizens came on Saturday morning for the exercise.
She said not many young people attended the sessions and hoped the night programme would be more convenient for them.
"The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has also restored this area into a recreational space and installed lighting in October last year.
"The lights would make this site safer for people and hopefully after a year or two, the trees planted would have grown and provide shade," said Yeoh.
Also present was MPSJ engineering department director Ismail Shafie who said the two flood lights installed at the site cost RM23,000.
The company conducting the exercise programme is Daily Muscle Athletic Consulting.
Its director and head coach, Noel Chelliah, said the exercise was suitable for all ages as it was a fun aerobics routine and not too intense.
"We want people to enjoy the exercise. We have between 30 and 50 people and sometime even more," said Chelliah, adding that the instructors are also certified life savers who can perform first aid in an emergency.
Yeoh said some of the residents had brought up the need for the site to be brighter as the current lights were insufficient.
"I have discussed this with Ismail and we have agreed to install an additional light using my allocation.
"It will take at least one to two months as the tender has to be called for," she said.
She added that she also learnt from Alam Flora that rubbish collection was being carried out every morning at 7am to keep the area clean.
"I wish to urge more residents, especially those staying nearby in SS12, SS13 and SS14, Subang Jaya, to join this exercise programme," she added.
SS14 resident Evelyn Low said she started joining the activity in September last year.
"I am an exercise freak and this is a healthy pursuit to enjoy with my friends," said Low, 60.
She said she had attended all the sessions. Before this she has not set foot on the park.
Another regular, B.A. Heng, from SS13, said exercising had improved his health as he previously had a high-cholesterol level.
Like Low, he had no reason to go to the site until he started joining the activity in July last year.
The park built and launched at the turn of the millennium in 2000 was the centre of controversy for being a white elephant.
It was underused and later abandoned despite the millions of ringgit used to build it.
Some of the ugly, artificial structures like metal palm trees and a bird plus concrete pillars were put up there but all these were torn down when MPSJ took back the land after a contract initially signed with a F&B operator to maintain and upgrade the park was terminated when nothing materialised after six years.
Real trees have since been planted at the park near the busy Kewajipan roundabout.
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