PENANG: The Penang State Hockey Association (PSHA) are not demanding for the return of the RM1.2mil they claimed is being held in trust by the State Government.
Instead, they want the State to utilise the funds and build them a new AstroTurf stadium on the island.
The PSHA president, Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, made their stand clear after chairing a council meeting yesterday.
We are not demanding to get back the money. What we want is for the state to build an artificial turf stadium to help develop the sport in Penang, said Dr Ibrahim.
Otherwise, the standard of hockey in Penang can never improve.
Penang were once rated as a hockey powerhouse in the country.
But the absence of proper facilities has retarded the growth.
Dr Ibrahim added that the two hockey stadiums in the state at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and at the Bertam Sports Complex were not enough to serve their development needs.
The stadium in Bertam is not of international standard. Therefore we cannot stage international matches there, he said.
We want to make serious bids to host the six national tournament in 2005. Unless a new stadium is built quickly, we will not be able to play hosts.
The PSHA have identified the Malayan Teachers College in Recsam as an ideal location for the new stadium.
Meanwhile, Penang will host the national Under-15 championship at the Bertam Sports Complex from Oct 15-21.