VARIOUS sports facilities in the state will soon be refurbished as Perak prepares to host the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in 2018.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said renovation and repair works will be carried out on Stadium Perak and Stadium Indera Mulia, whereas the Ipoh City Council Swimming Complex will be completely rebuilt.
“The most urgent of these is the refurbishment of Stadium Perak, with it being the main venue for the opening and closing of the games, and the rebuilding of the swimming complex, which is already very old.
“Some parts of the swimming complex have deteriorated and are beyond repair,” he told reporters after chairing the first State Executive Council meeting for the year on Wednesday.
It was also previously reported that the existing pool at the swimming complex is unsuitable for use for the Games as its dimensions do not meet the Olympic standard.
“The State Executive Council has already approved the new design for the swimming complex, which will cost an estimated RM40mil.
“We are now waiting to call for tenders for the job, which has an 18-month time frame for completion.
“Hence, the swimming complex will be closed to the public in a few months to come,” he said.
Work on Stadium Perak will commence at about the same time, Zambry said, adding that the running track and seating will be replaced while toilets and changing rooms will be upgraded.
“During the refurbisment, football matches will have to be held at a different venue,” he said.
The refurbishment of Stadium Perak, he added, will cost about RM20mil.
“The upgrading of Stadium Indera Mulia will come after that. It will be given a facelift and will offer better facilities.
“The state government will also be looking into the suitability of our present shooting range. We may seek out a new venue to replace our existing shooting range,” he said.
On the matter of financing, Zambry said the state government will be submitting its application for financing to the federal government.
“We will be holding talks with the federal government soon,” he said.
Zambry later received newly appointed Malaysian ambassador to Timor Leste, Chitra Devi Ramiah, and Malaysian ambassador to Peru, Chuah Teong Ban, at his office.