Skip to main content

Sukma - an expensive ego?

A staggering RM70 million will be used for the administration, organisation, opening and closing ceremonies for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Pahang.

This includes payment to a production company owned by a local leading artist where insiders revealed is believed to be more than RM2 million.

Sukma secretariat Chief Executive Officer Ahmad Hairi Bin Hussain revealed the figures to the author on Friday but stopped short at disclosing the amount paid to the production house.

“Yes, Siti Nurhaliza Productions is tasked to conduct the opening ceremony but I’m sorry, it will be unfair to them if I disclosed the exact figure involved,” explained Ahmad Hairi.

“The total cost for the Games is RM238 million. From that sum, RM159 million was spent on infrastructure including constructing new facilities and upgrading the old ones, RM9 million on equipment and the balance is for the administration, orgainisation, food and the opening and closing ceremonies,” he added.

The national Games is scheduled from July 7 to 16 and will be held in various locations in the state including Kuantan, Pekan and Temerloh.

Ahmad Hairi added the facilities in Pahang are all ready for use.

“It is safe to say we are 100 percent ready and geared up for the Games.”
The escalating costs of organising Games has been a subject of debate worldwide.

An editorial in UK's The Independent in 2010 ended the column by saying;

The Commonwealth Games and the Olympics have nothing to do with sport and everything to do with egos.

Times chief sports writer Simon Barnes had this to say;

Four years ago we learnt with aching precision that the Chinese Army is good at doing what it’s told. Loved the goose stepping. They had 2,000 synchronised drummers; how marvellous do you think that was in the stadium? Not marvellous at all, actually, just loud and boastful and vulgar and really rather dull. Maybe London can now afford 4,000 drummers drumming.

Sukma is important but isn't the amount just too ridiculously high for a 10 day event?

Also, from the millions spent, does it justify the quality and quantity of athletes that go on to represent the nation in the international arena? Shouldn't the same money be better spent elsewhere - like helping the Pahang HA to finally set up a proper league by building more turfs in the state?

 HD says: Hmm...


  1. Opening and closing ceremony RM2 Juta!! BiarBenar??


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

What went wrong with KL SEA Games?

145 gold medals.
It's the best Team Malaysia has ever achieved since the inception of the SEAP Games in1959.
The 29th edition of the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur ended yesterday. The opening ceremony dazzled those at the stands and viewers at home while the performances during the closing ceremony yesterday jogged plenty of musical memories to many.
Our athletes, the real superheroes, brought smiles through their heroic display. They made everyday a happy day.
Kudos to the officials - from the coaches, the National Sports Institute and National Sports Council - for their hard work in ensuring our athletes perform to their best.
But it was not all memorable.

'World fashion disaster' in KL

World Fashion Week Asia 2017 ended over the weekend.

And the launch on Friday at Palace of the Golden Horses at Mines Resort City just outside Kuala Lumpur turned out to be a forgettable night.


It was poorly organised.

Just as many are trying to get over the nightmare witnessed throughout the KL SEA Games, the organiser of World Fashion Week Asia 2017 has made it look like Malaysians seem to have lost it when it comes to hosting major events and hospitality.

Here's why.

Royal protocol ignored

1. The Sultanah of Terengganu Sultanah Nur Zahirah was invited to grace the event.
    a. There was no holding room for the Sultanah and VIPs accompanying her.
    b. The Sultanah was invited on stage without anyone accompanying her there (a big NO NO if anyone knows protocol involving royalty).
    c. The event dragged on till 11.30pm, way past the cut off point of the very many events I've attended with members of the royal family present.
   d. The Sultanah was forced to walk all t…

Klang run 'illegal', says Sports Commissioner

UPDATE (Dec 11; 11.58am): Sporting events approved by Sports Commissioner's Office will be posted on the Youth and Sports Ministry's website starting Dec 14, as revealed by the Sports Commissioner in her statement today. I'm glad the last point of my observation (as per posting right below) has been addressed.


UPDATE (10.57pm): A Twitter user had sent me a link by the organiser of the Klang Heritage Marathon 2017. It states that the marathon has been "postponed to Oct 14, 2018" and that they have been victims of fake news and will lodge reports with the authorities against materials with elements of defamation or fake news. Read the full statement, posted on Dec 2, here.


A Klang City International Marathon 2017 pacer suffered serious injuries after she and two others were hit by a car

Turns out that the organiser of this morning's event, Earth Runners International Group Sdn Bhd, DID NOT submit any application to the Sports Commissioner&#…