“Stadium may not have a roof” says Trengganu MB Datuk Ahmad Said; referring to the collapse roof of the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin stadium that was built for SUKMA a few years ago.
If I were to believe in what Ahmad Said has said, then I would say that the stadium should be renamed ‘Stadium Ahmad Said’, or ‘Staduim Idris Jusoh’; the latter is the preferred name because it was built during his tenure as the MB. I feel a stadium without a roof in this era of the 21st Century does not deserve to be named after the Sultan, who is also presently the King of this country. I would just like to ask Ahmad Said if this is his way of honouring his Sultan by using his name to a stadium without a roof?
You know Ahmad Said, stadiums without a roof were good during the colonial era. Remember the TPCA stadium sited in proximity to Kg. Baru, Kuala Lumpur? It was built without a roof, but at the time it was an architectural marvel of the day, and I remembered watching the hockey match between Malaya and India played at the stadium, and which Malaya won. I suppose a roof stadium wasn’t necessary then because the surrounding area was cool, unlike today.
I just wonder how will the Sultan and the ADUNs be witnessing an event during the sweltering noon Trengganu heat? Will the state Government Issue umbrellas, or pitch a tent?
What I find amusing in Ahmad Said’s statement is that there is no mention about who is actually at fault over the stadium’s failure. Was it a design failure or was there cost cutting that eventually resulted in shoddy construction work? Or was there a complete failure in the overall management and supervision of the construction itself? There must be some fault somewhere; otherwise the roof could not have collapsed.
Please Ahmad Said, give the rakyat of Trengganu a reasonable answer. And isn’t Trengganu rich enough to reconstruct a new roof? Where has all the ‘wang ehsan’ disappeared? When your government could built an expensive Crystal Mosque (am told that it is too difficult for the public to perform prayers there), what is a few million of ‘wang ehsan’ for a new roof.
I do not know what Sultan Mizan will have to say to your proposal, but I think he will not be too happy.
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