Facelift for Johor sports facilities

Mohd Hairi says upgrades to the state’s sports facilities will include those under Johor Stadium Corporation’s management.

Johor government will prioritise upgrades and maintenance to ensure its sporting facilities last a long time.

State youth, sports, entrepreneur development, and cooperatives committee chairman Mohd Hairi Mad Shah said Johor Stadium Corporation (PSJ) had developed a master plan outlining facilities requiring upgrades while prioritising their physical condition.

“This master plan guides the direction of development, not only for dilapidated facilities but for all 10 sports facilities under PSJ’s management,” he said.

Mohd Hairi elaborated that the master plan outlined specific upgrades, improvements, renovations and beautification projects for each facility, all scheduled strategically to minimise costs.

He said this in his reply to Sahiran Jani (BN-Gambir), who asked whether the state government made an inventory on sports facilities that were dilapidated and needed to be repaired, during the Johor state assembly at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.

Mohd Sairi said among PSJ’s facilities that had been developed included the Kluang Sports Complex, Badminton Academy in Taman Perling and Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

“All of these facilities will continue to be given attention and allocation to ensure safety and customer satisfaction,” he added.

Mohd Hairi used the Kluang Sports Complex as an example.

He said the facility had undergone improvements, with a new roof for Hall B completed, and further work, including rewiring the indoor stadium was on the agenda.

“For the badminton academy, the plan is to upgrade and refurbish the main lobby and public toilets for the comfort of users,” he said, adding that the hockey stadium was given a new lease of life in 2022 with painting and waterproofing works.

Mohd Hairi added that the PSJ master plan was proof of the government’s commitment in promoting sporting activities in Johor.

“I will continue to monitor and visit every sports facility, especially those that are being upgraded to ensure the work done is according to the schedule and planning,” he said.

According to him, there are 248 futsal courts under the management of the Youth and Sports Ministry throughout Johor.

Mohd Hairi added that since 2019, the ministry had carried out repairs, maintenance and upgrades of its sports facilities, including 18 futsal courts, through its small projects committee.

He said the ministry was currently implementing a handover process for futsal courts to their landowners, including the state government, Federal Government agencies and private bodies.

He added that 54 futsal courts had transitioned back to the management of their owners.

“Any request for allocation to upgrade, maintain and repair sports facilities can be extended to the ministry through the state Youth and Sports Department for consideration,” he said.

Mohd Hairi said the Johor deputy secretary’s office would convene a meeting with local councils to discuss the maintenance of sports facilities under its jurisdiction.

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