I went to swimming pool to send my wife for her swimming class on tuesday night. ladies night.
At 7pm the pool was still closed, and the lights were not yet on. There was no official memo posted on the ticketing counter indicating for reason of closure. 15 minutes later someone opened up the lights but the gate was not opened. Asked the person and he said that the pool closes when there is a football match, that there will be cars packed that we would find it difficult to leave the area when the pool closes. He could allow people in but the pool tickets were not with him.
My thoughts are that It is kind of ridiculous to close a swimming pool that usually opens up at 7pm till 8:30 pm (officially 9pm) for a football match likely to start at 8pm. Swimmers are there already anyway, so there is no problem getting in and getting a parking spot, only a challenge (not an impossibility) of getting out later. There was no memo (official or otherwise) that stated the closure. So either it was an unsanctioned closure (so the government servants are taking an unofficial night off) OR they forgot to issue memo OR one sport is being favored over the other. Previously I have experienced a football match occuring when I was swimming, the pool was opened but closed early.
I was upset and frustrated that we went all the way to the pool to find that it was closed. especially frustrated that there was no official memo posted warning/stating the closure. and ultimately disappointed that the swimming sport activity is neglected due to another sport.
I would like to authorities to clarify on the issue of the missing official memo, in order to inform the public before hand, even clarify the policies of pool opening hours. But, I would really prefer for the pool to be opened despite such events such as the football match.
Note: I have sent this message thru my fb, jbs fb, bruneitimes, and borneo bulletin. I might just be angry dialing right now. It just upsets me that swimming seems to be place at the back seat of sports in Brunei. Also if it wasn’t for this incident, I would have dropped late into the stadium to see the rest of the match after 8:30pm after picking up my wife.