LOCAL councils are advised to give top priority to maintaining sports amenities owned by them, such as public fields, futsal, badminton and basketball courts.
Selangor Youth, Sports, Cultural and Entrepreneur Development Commit-tee chairman Amirudin Shari said the state had allocated RM2mil next year for the maintenance of sports facilities as many fields and courts were in need of repairs.
He said about 400 public facilities needed to be repaired and the allocation would be given by middle of next year.
“I have asked the local councils to compile a list of facilities in their area that are in dire need of repairs and send them to me immediately.
“Local councils also should not just act when they receive a public complaint but do their routine checks at these facilities. This way, there will not be any delay in repairs and refurbishment work.
“Maintenance culture is lacking among some of the councils.
“We are good at building facilities but slack when it comes to maintaining the facilities.
“This must change,’’ said Amirudin, who was speaking at the launch of the Kuala Langat Arts Festival at Dataran Morib in Morib.
Amirudin also said that as proud winners of the Malaysia Cup, the state would display the trophy at the Jugra Stadium in Banting next year.
Selangor won for the 33rd time after beating Kedah 2-0 .
“I hope this will inspire the youths here to strive in sports especially in football,’’ he said.