4 October 2020 (Sunday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has decided to temporarily close the Kepong Botanic Gardens (KBG), Taman Warisan and Forest Skywalk to visitors from Monday (5 October) until further notice.
The FRIM management’s decision was taken as a precautionary measure to protect FRIM staff and visitors in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, especially in Selangor, which is increasingly worrying.
|The temporary closure of KBG and Forest Skywalk poster.||Khali said FRIM prioritises safety.|
FRIM will review this decision based on the reports and information from the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).
FRIM Director General (DG) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah said: “As a responsible institution, FRIM will always prioritise the safety of all parties and the action taken, especially in the current situation, was based on this priority despite the fact that it may disappoint some parties.”
He also reminded all FRIM staff to continue ensuring compliance with SOPs and practices as emphasised by the Health DG to protect themselves and their families, especially those in the high-risk group.
Yesterday, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA), YB Dato’ Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, said all matters concerning the people must be given priority and made easy but must be done to control the spread of COVID-19.
|Forest Skywalk located at the KBG has become an attraction for many visitors since its opening on 31 August.|
In this regard, he asked his ministry and all the heads of departments/agencies under KeTSA to take appropriate action to enhance preventive measures and ensure compliance with the SOPs, especially in attraction centres.
A total of 32 new COVID-19 cases was reported for Selangor yesterday while Malaysia recorded 317 new cases, of which, all were local infections.