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RM787 Million For Repair And Maintenance, Not A New Stadium, Says Selangor MB

RM787 Million For Repair And Maintenance, Not A New Stadium, Says Selangor MB

RM787 mil is the cost to refurbish not just Shah Alam stadium, but also Melawati Indoor Stadium.

Fernando Fong

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The allocation of RM787 million announced by Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari is not to build a new stadium to replace the Shah Alam Stadium, Section 13, here.

Through a post on social media, he informed that the amount includes the cost of raising the stadium platform by 1.5 meters to prevent repeated floods and change the electrical wiring system.

In addition, the cost also includes demolition work and replacement of the entire price of the existing roof structure as well as pitch repairs and repair of the piping system.

According to the delivery, Amirudin said, the cost is not limited to the Shah Alam Stadium only, but it involves the Melawati Indoor Stadium in the same area.

From 2013 to 2022, the Selangor government spent RM56 million to repair and overhaul the SSA, including the roof, dressing room, electrical wiring system and drainage system.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari justifying the expenses.

He added that maintenance costs are increasing due to its large size and most expensive replacement materials.

The estimation is based on the latest report and a detailed study from last year.

In the meantime, Amirudin noted that the Selangor government has decided to implement the new development of the Shah Alam Sports Complex.

He said the state government had reviewed all proposals and working papers received since 2013.

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Good Deal For Selangorians, Said MB

He said the decision was also made after considering the high cost of repairs and the constraints faced.

This new development does not involve any state government funds, will focus on green and environmentally friendly technology as well as give a new look to the stadium.

Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari saying it’s a new era and a historic moment for all the people of Selangor.

On Friday, the Selangor Government decided that the Shah Alam Stadium in Section 13 here, an icon for sports development in the state, needed reform and a ‘new lease of life’.

During the Letter of Intent (LOI) Presentation Ceremony to Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), Amirudin said the company was asked to submit a detailed proposal on the stadium improvement or redevelopment plan.

Through the submission of the LOI, MRCB will hold detailed discussions with the state government regarding the development plan of the stadium.

The stadium and its surrounding area are almost 30 years old.

Brickbats From Public On Huge Spending

Why is the rebuilding cost up to RM787 million, almost double the construction cost of RM480 ​​million?

That is burning to which the public is demanding an answer.

Some say that the amount is not reasonable when compared to the construction cost of the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium belonging to the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), which only cost an estimated RM200 million.

People are also concerned at the financial burdens that the state government will bear at a time when people face challenges in living costs such as inflation.

Some said the stadium is so run down that it would be better to build a new one to save on long-term maintenance costs.

Some parties had even asked the Selangor ruler to intervene.

Mudslinging

Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak also took a swipe at Amirudin, who accused the former of having done worse.

Amiruddin claimed that Najib failed to maintain the Bukit Jalil National Stadium until the sports facility was repaired at more than RM1 billion.

However, the argument was refuted by Najib in a post on Facebook and claimed that the comparison made by Menteri Besar was weak.

Najib emphasized that the RM1 billion budget was the cost to upgrade and enlarge the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, not just the Bukit Jalil Stadium.


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