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I strongly believe we are capable of maintaining the Bukit Jalil Sports Complex better.

The poor economy in Spain does not stop the local government from maintaining the Estadi Olimpic which was built in 1929.

Even online portal MSN Malaysia is running a poll - Is our National Stadium good enough?

Nevertheless, credit to Merdeka Stadium Board and its corporate communications assistant manager Noriza Mohd Ali.

They were pro-active when alerted the issue.

Unlike many who would threaten or shy away, MSB admitted their shortcomings and promised to rectify it.


Read it all here.

HD says: I'm impressed with the way MSB handled the situation. Very impressed.


  1. I am not quite sure what you are impressed about. They have obviously been doing a shoddy job for quite some time for the situation to deteriorate such. It took a phone call from a newspaper to get them going. Of course they are going to say they'll rectify it, any half wit PR person will say that. What needs to be done is for someone to review their service performance - not good enough, sack them. Our public facilities where we hold international events represent us as a nation. It's embarrassing, NOT impressive.

  2. Dear Anon 3:39pm.

    Point noted and yes I totally agree with you.

    I am 'impressed' because most of the time those who are already in the wrong tend to either lie or shy away.

    MSB admitted to the mistake. Let's see they walk the talk.

  3. Greetings Haresh,

    I only knew about this award-winning article of yours just last week, it is rather sad that I only managed to reply today (I also just found out about your blog yesterda).

    What you've written about the National Stadium is quite a shock to me, as I thought with the stadium being the centrepiece of the nation's sports, as well as its football, the stadium should not have escaped some ignorance in the part of its maintenance. Imagine if our country's supposed best and biggest stadium is in deplorable conditions, what about the smaller and more hidden-from-attention ones?

    I've heard about the Penang Stade Stadium having engineering faults years ago, and now the grand stadium seemingly hosts mostly afternoon football matches, watched by a few dozens fans. The City Stadium, though smaller and more aging, still get the bigger attention, football supporting-wise.

    Another example should be the Sultan Mizan Abidin Stadium, Kuala Terengganu, with its roof collapsed back June 2009, and still no news about any repair works. Football, just like in Penang, concentrates on an older, stadium stadium.

    And of course, just near at home (my home, Kuching), the Sarawak Stadium (costing about RM450m to build back in 1997) is in, just like National Stadium, deplorable conditions, seats crumbling, failed floodlights and rotting facilities (gymnasia, physio rooms, etc). It was in terrible condition back four to six years ago, when I covered football matches as a journalist back then. It's being used for Sarawak football team's training now. The team's matches are being held in the older State Stadium, just a stone throw's away. It is rather sad to have two stadia being very close by, but the much bigger, supposed grander stadium being silently redundant. With all football matches for now being held at the State Stadium, making the other stadium being so obviously a 'white elephant'.

    I don't know much about the conditions of some of the newer and more impressive all-seater stadia, such as Shah Alam Stadium and Hang Jebat Stadium, perhaps they are in appalling state as well. I don't dare to imagine what are the conditions in the other, much older stadia.

    There are so many 'white elephant' staadia in Malaysia actually, with hundreds of millions used to build them, but ending up not being properly maintained temples of underuse.

    Both big and small venues, all over the country, not only being ignored, but also being overlooked closer towards oblivion. Just out of curiosity, you might want to see these photos of a forgotten sports venue here (


    Winston Way, Kuching

    Of "The Malaysian Sports Republic"


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