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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.
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.

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Tan Sri Hassan Yunus Stadium (or commonly known as the Larkin Stadium)
Source: http://www.worldstadiums.com/asia/countries/malaysia.shtml
Capacity: 30,000
Built: 1991

 

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Plan to redevelop Kajang Stadium
Stories by GEETHA KRISHNAN



Modest landmark: The Kajang Stadium is located
smack in the centre of Kajang town.

KAJANG residents will have to bid adieu to the Kajang Stadium if the proposed Kajang Square project takes off.

The plan is to redevelop the stadium into a 2.52ha multi-million ringgit sports complex with futsal and badminton courts, field for tai chi, yoga and aerobic activities, a children’s playground and kiosks selling various wares.

The RM4.5mil project would mean the sacrifice of an iconic structure built in the late 1970s. The Kajang Stadium is a prominent landmark as it is located smack in Kajang town. Its main entrance faces Jalan Kelab while the back portion looks out to Jalan Cheras leading to the bustling Jalan Besar.

In its heyday, many important football league and club matches, involving the likes of celebrated legendary football players Mokhtar Dahari and M. Chandran in action, were played at the stadium to capacity crowds.

Athletic meets, community events and election rallies are still being held there, albeit on a smaller scale.

According to sources from the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) and event organisers, the stadium offers affordable rates.

The Kajang Square idea first surfaced in 2000 when the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) announced that it had regeneration plans for the stadium, alongside suggestions for a Riverine Park, Satay Food Court and Satay Museum as a town-centre tourist attraction.

After a five-year lapse, it was proposed that the stadium, described as under-used, be turned into a public square where people could jog or enjoy a stroll.

MPKj president Datuk Hasan Nawawi Abd Rahman told the media recently that the project would be revamped to feature a different layout and modern facilities, to be presented again to state or federal authorities for approval.

“We are striving to offer sports and leisure facilities under one roof for individuals and families. The Kajang Square project will also draw more tourists to Kajang,” he said.

The Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) has given the green light for the project (State gives green light for project).



In the pipeline: A detailed plan of the
proposed Kajang Square project

Kajang state assemblyman Lee Kim Sin has termed the Kajang Square project as a grandiose scheme.

“I disagree with the concept of centralised facilities when the present ones need upgrading. There is a serious lack of green spaces in the new housing estates and more facilities can be offered in the older neighbourhoods,” Lee said.

“The Bangi sports complex about 15km away is centrally located and well-equipped with facilities. Hence, there is no need for a similar facility in Kajang,” Lee told the StarMetro.

He said pointed out that traffic congestion was also a serious problem, given the Kajang Stadium’s location.

Although parking is available at the Kajang Stadium, the bays are shared between the Dewan MPKj, Bangunan Datuk Nazir and the Medan Satay Kajang. The Kajang Uptown bazaar is also held in the vicinity on Fridays and weekends from 10pm to 2am.

Lee also made references to the Satay Museum and Kajang Point, two projects under MPKj which he viewed as pure wastage of public funds.

The RM1.2mil museum project was stalled in 2001 and was only revived after an additional RM1.6mil was pumped in.

The Kajang Point, with food stalls and souvenir kiosks, was built in 2004 and was only opened recently as part of the proposed RM1.8mil Kajang Waterfront project along the stretch of the Langat River near the stadium. The Kajang Point has yet to attract the crowds.
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Penang Sports Council to promote sports tourism at meeting
Saturday September 26, 2009

THE Penang Sports Council will hold a presentation on ‘Sports Tourism’ to Tourism Promotion Organisation (TPO) members at the General Assembly Promotion Organisation for Asia Pacific Cities in Kota Kinabalu on Sept 28.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said 130 local participants would be taking part in the general assembly from tomorrow to Sept 30.

“The assembly is an effective platform to promote sports tourism in the Asia Pacific region,” she told a press conference yesterday.

She also said the TPO, with its headquarters based in Busan, South Korea, was established to give focus on the tourism sector marketing efforts by members which indirectly helps enhance a member country’s economy.

“Four cities in Malaysia – Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu, Malacca and Penang – have become TPO members in an effort to promote their respective tourism sectors,” she said.

She added that the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) was roped in to appoint the hotel industry, MATTA, Chef Association, government agencies and the private sector involved in the tourism industry to become ‘industry members’ and play an active role to promote the state’s tourism sector.

This year, however, the MPPP appointed the state sports council to become the ‘industry member’ and represent Penang to promote international-level sport tourism events for 2010 and 2011.
 

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RM9.6m for sports facilities
Wednesday October 14, 2009
By NIK NAIZI HUSIN

KUANTAN: The Pahang government has been allocated RM9.6mil under the 10th Malaysia Plan to build new football fields and upgrade existing fields in all districts.

State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat said the land for each new field was estimated to cost between RM80,000 to RM100,000.

The upgrading would be done on existing fields, including the building of drains to ensure the fields were not water-logged, he added.

He said the Government had also constructed community fields in all state constituencies under the 9th Malaysia Plan for locals to use for sports activities.

All were completed except for 14% which faced land-acquisition problems, he added.

He also said the fields would be cared for by youth associations and village committees to ensure they were fully utilised and well maintained.

“People have complained about the lack of sports facilities and said that this was one of the reasons for the host of unhealthy activities, including illegal racing.

“Residents will now have the fields where they can exercise or play football,” he said, adding that, hopefully, the next generation of national football stars would be found here.
 

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Stadium Indera Mulia
Main Indoor Stadium in Ipoh, Perak
Stadium Indera Mulia terletak di Kampung Simee, Ipoh, Negeri Perak. Bangunan ini terletak bersebelahan dengan Stadium Perak. Fungsinya sebagai tempat permainan dalam berbumbung yang sesuai untuk kejohanan bola tampar, bola keranjang, futsal, pameran pendidikan, dan lain-lain.
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Hockey Stadiums in Malaysia
National Hockey Stadium

@ Bukit Jalil LRT station, Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur Hockey Stadium
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Ministry of Education Stadium
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Hockey Stadium @ Klang
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Azlan Shah Hockey Stadium, Ipoh
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Hockey Stadium @ Kota Kinabalu
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Hockey Stadium @ Kuantan



Hockey Stadium @ Kuala Terengganu

 
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