Friday, May 16, 2014

Perlis Racing Against Time To Complete Aquatic Centre


KANGAR, May 15 (Bernama) -- With only 10 days before the SUKMA, the availability of the aquatic centre, venue for swimming and diving events for the Perlis SUKMA, remains uncertain.

The Perlis Menteri Besar Azlan Man's refusal to answer questions posed by journalists regarding the availability of the aquatic centre has kept everyone in the dark, just like taps without water.

Azlan had earlier assured that the aquatic centre and the indoor badminton hall would be handed over to the state government by the contractor, today.

"I did not say both the venues will be handed over today. I have been monitoring the progress and visiting the site at three or four times a day to ensure it is completed," he said when near the Arau double-tracking site which is a flood prone area, near here today.

Azlan had earlier assured that the aquatic centre especially would be ready by May 15 so that it can host swimming and diving events in Perlis instead of the proposed alternative venue - the Gunung Keriang Aquatic Complex - in Alor Setar.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who visited the venues for SUKMA on Monday had said that swimming events would be held in Gunung Keriang if the new aquatic centre in Perlis was not ready in time.

A visit to the site by journalists together with Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim today revealed that the swimming pool at the centre was ready but the diving pool would take between seven to 10 days to be completed.

"The contractors and consultant assured that the venue can be ready in five to seven days, about two days before the start of SUKMA. My only worry is will parents allow their children to compete at a venue that has been completed in a rush because the safety aspects have not been tested.

"During a discussions with the consultant and contractor, they gave us the assurance that safety aspects will be given priority. Though swimming events start only on May 28, the place need to be certified, including approval from the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia," said Shahidan.

He added that if there were delays in getting approval, hosting the events at Gunung Keriang may be the other option.

Meanwhile, the indoor badminton stadium has been completed and ready to host events during the SUKMA that will be held from May 24 to June 4.

-- BERNAMA

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