Repair work on stadium to cost RM9mil
JOHOR BARU: About RM9mil will be needed for maintenance and repair work on the Larkin Stadium.
Such an amount was needed as the stadium was one of the oldest stadiums in the country, requiring periodical inspections and maintenance work to ensure no mishaps occurred, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said
“The stadium is more than 20 years old.
“We need to take into consideration the wear and tear of the stadium all these years.
“I noticed the roof and other public amenities needed repairs as well as following an inspection of the stadium,” he told a press conference recently.
Ahmad Shabery added the joints on the stadiums roof struts were showing signs of rust and would be replaced if necessary.
The media room ceiling was also on the brink of collapse, and the track and field also needed maintenance work.
Ahmad Shabery also said the grandstand seating area at the Larkin Stadium would be temporarily closed to public until the Public Works Department’s forensic team examined the zinc roof and its supporting struts.
“We will not be taking any chances with public safety especially after the stadium in Terengganu collapsed,” he said.
Tan Sri Hassan Yunus Stadium (or commonly known as the Larkin Stadium)RM9.0 Million Facelit For Larkin Stadium
July 06, 2009 17:10 PM
By Dan Guen Chin
JOHOR BAHARU, July 6 (Bernama)-- The grandstand area at the Larkin stadium has been ordered closed with immediate effect as the authorities are preparing a RM9 million face lift for the 45-year old structure.
The fear of the roof over the area collapsing has prompted Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek who made a one-hour inspection of the stadium, built in 1964, to tell the Stadium Board authority to cordon off the grandstand area.
It's a case of rather be safe than sorry.
"But I am not saying that the roof is in danger of collapsing anytime now. But after the tour where we noticed that the steel structures supporting the grandstand roof have corroded badly. We including the Johor Executive Councillor for Sports, Jais Sarday and the director of the Johor Sports Council(JSC), Ismail Rahman decided that it's best we take pre-emptive measures, just in case.
"I am sure all of us do not want a repeat of the Kuala Terengganu State Stadium episode two months ago where the roof collapsed. But luckily no lives were lost," said Ahmad Shabery.
The Forensics department of the Public Works Department has been called in to make an in-depth study to determine whether the roof structure is safe or not.
"Until the result is out, we will not allow anyone to go near the grandstand area. But sports activities including M-League matches will go on as usual because the other areas are not affected," added Ahmad Shabery.
The Sports Minister also said that the cause of the corrosion could be due to wear and tear because it has been seventeen years since the roof over the grandstand was built for the 1992 Malaysia Games (Sukma), which Johor hosted.
He added that he had been briefed by the JSC on their plans to give the stadium a new look, which could cost an estimated RM9 million.
"The JSC are talking about a new running track; a new pitch complete with a new drainage system; a new press room and of course a new roof over the grandstand.
"As Sports Minister I am in favour of the proposals because I feel Johor Bahru has the potential to become an international sporting hub and to do so, you need better sporting facilities," he added.