Dark park, littering irk visitors

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Visitors to Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Park are raising concern of the park being too dark when the sun goes down.

Families with children are often seen at the park around 5.30pm but they go home before the sun is down because the park becomes too dark at night. Those going to the park to relax and unwind after work also feel the same.

Avid jogger Rabiah binti A Zaini said she often jogs at different places alone but avoids the Silver Jubilee Park because it is simply too dark with few lamps barely illuminating the concrete walkways that lead deeper into park.

“There are some lighting – only one or two lamp posts – and they are too dim. They don’t shed much light and there are not many people jogging in the park so it’s scary. I don’t dare to jog there alone at night. Even the car park is dark.

“Adding extra lights would brighten the area so that the locals can visit the park before and after dark. Hopefully, late night joggers will feel safer too.”

Another issue brought up by visitors is the litter at the park.

Siti Ameenah binti Haji Manaf reminded visitors to be mindful and take rubbish to be disposed properly.

“Such behaviour is intolerable. It brings frustration to other visitors. Cleaners of this park have been doing their best to keep it tidy and we need to be responsible. They (the inconsiderate litterbugs) should throw their rubbish in a bin and preserve the beauty of the park,” she said.

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Park at night. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR