KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10, 2015: Over RM1 billion will be spent for upgrading and construction of new facilities at the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex in preparation for the 2017 SEA Games, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said the project would be undertaken in two phases, before and after the biennial multi-sport event. …
According to Khairy, the upgrading work would involve the Putra Stadium, National Stadium, aquatic centre, hockey stadium, the athletes dormitories and other new facilities in Bukit Jalil.
“We will build a new indoor convention centre as one indoor stadium is not sufficient. It will be build at the parking lot area in front of the main stadium,” he told reporters at the Youth and Sports Ministry Hari Raya gathering
Khairy said the estimated cost also took into consideration safety aspects where certain existing facilities were required to be replaced to meet specifications set by the Fire and Rescue department.
“When the facilities were built in 1998, the building guidelines were not as strict as it is today. The Fire and Rescue Department has pointed out areas which needed to be reconstructed according to specifications,” he said.
Khairy said the National Sports Council (NSC) has identified a number of training venues and temporary placement for athletes so as not to disrupt their preparation for the SEA Games.
According to Khairy eight companies have been shortlisted and the Public Private Partnership Unit was currently preparing a working paper for tender approval.
Khairy added that the relatively high cost was not only for the comfort of the athletes but to generate revenue from the facilities, especially for the Stadium Corporation.
Meanwhile, on the Perlis Sports Complex Aquatic Centre, Khairy said the ministry has instructed the Public Works Department to take further action following the contractor’s failure to fulfill the maintenance obligation.
The Perlis State Sports Complex Aquatic Centre was reportedly abandoned and had suffered severe damage due to poor maintenance.