As published in Malay Mail today
By Vijhay Vick
PETALING JAYA — FA of Malaysia (FAM) general secretary Datuk Hamidin Amin conceded there was a miscommunication between the national body and the Malaysian Stadium Corporation (MSC), the guardians of the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The Malaysia Cup final between Pahang and Johor Darul Takzim, the Lan Berambeh Anak Sarawak 2014 Carnival and a Buddhist prayers event all take place in and around the National Stadium tomorrow.
Mayhem is expected as more than 150,000 people are likely to converge on the vicinity of the 100,000 capacity stadium. Further, carparks A and B are closed for the Sarawakian event while the prayers take place at the Putra Stadium.
“It was a miscommunication. For them (MSC) the stadium is in good condition and able to host the final. Only later, we realised about the other two events,” said Hamidin.
However, Hamidin insisted the National Stadium was the best venue to host the final.
“The game could be moved but we must also understand Shah Alam Stadium cannot accommodate the expected crowd. The demand for tickets is great. The Shah Alam stadium faces difficulties even with 75,000 people.
“It’s better to have little problems outside than crowd trouble inside the stadium.
“The National Stadium is better equipped in the sense it is safer and allows a larger crowd.” said Hamidin.
However, getting to the stadium is expected to be a mess due to a lack of parking bays.
The public has been advised to turn up at the stadium before 2pm or risk not being able to enter the vicinity with their vehicles. Buses ferrying fans would only be able to drop them off at the stadium if the traffic permits or head straight to the designated bus parking areas at Technology Park Malaysia (Johor) and Selangor Turf Club (Pahang).
Also, only the Ampang LRT Line will operate beyond its normal operating hours. The Kelana Jaya LRT Line operates as usual until midnight.