DESPITE being behind schedule earlier this year, Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man has assured that all venues will be ready in time for the Malaysia Games on May 24-June 4.Azlan said most venues, including the aquatics complex, will be ready for handover to the Perlis state government by the first week of May, at the latest.
"We have been monitoring the situation closely and have obtained guarantees from the contractors involved. A number of the venues will be ready by the last week of April while the rest will be handed over in the first week of May," said Azlan, who led a Malaysia Games delegation to Balai Berita in Bangsar yesterday.
Azlan briefed New Straits Times Press Chief Executive Officer Mohammad Azlan Abdullah, group managing editor Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and other senior personnel on the progress of preparation for the Games.
"With the exception of needing a coat of paint, the main stadium has already been completed and a lot of other venues are also just needing some finishing touches.
"I have personally been monitoring the aquatics complex and I have been told that the main structures will be finished by the end of this week.
"It will not take long after that as it has a quick-build design."
Azlan added that 1,650 security personnel will be deployed during the Games to ensure that untoward events are avoided.
Security will also be tight to ensure that incidents such as the alleged rape case that marred the Kuala Lumpur Games last year doesn't recur.
The 6,500 athletes and officials involved in the Games will stay at various universities and training institutes in the state.
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