SINCE our expose on the latest (sorry) state of the Shah Alam Stadium roof, some digging around found the problem again lies in the all-too-familiar territory of funding, who gets it and who gets to do the job.
The dilapidated state of most of the stadium, let alone its roof of a thousand holes, has fed much of the discontent of Selangor’s football fans, who have had to endure a start of the season seeing their team play at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) deeming their home stadium unsafe.
There has been talk of issues with budget allocations causing the delay, but that leaves many a Selangor fan dumbfounded as the Shah Alam Stadium has been left in its run down state more the better part of the last decade.
The Selangor government made a grand announcement of the appointment of its own subsidiary, Darul Ehsan Facilities Management Sdn Bhd (DEFM) in March 2018, stating the agency held by the state government under the Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI), would be able to turn around the fortunes of the stadium which was once Malaysia’s grandest football venue.
The problem is, DEFM had began working on these turnaround plans, if there were any to begin with, on Jan 1, 2018, more than 2 years ago. And not only has the roof situation not been solved, it has gotten worse.
Facilities, apart from a few touchups and paintjobs here and there, have also left much to be desired.
One thing that DEFM have managed to do though, was install a spanking new signboard of their own and the main grandstand entrance.
It is understood that DEFM are in the phase of negotiations with contractors over the massive work to be done to revive its ailing stadium.
Updates on the progress also would find more social media content, with the DEFM signboard providing backdrop for pictures.
MBI better be sure they’ve handed the job to a subsidiary with “facilities management” as its nature of business. Because after two years, their nature of business seems no more than social media “content creators”.