Thursday, September 25, 2008


This is an interesting article I picked up from The star Online today. Interesting because the NS MB came out in the open and admitted that there are white elephants in the state. Just how many others will admit to this fact after hosting Sukma.

"Negeri Sembilan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan lashed out on Wednesday at state agencies for the poor maintenance of sports facilities.

He said several facilities that cost of millions of ringgit to build were not being used and some had fallen apart.

“This is embarrassing as it shows the management of these facilities have not been looking after them.

“I do not want them to point fingers but urge them to find ways to manage these places,” he said, citing the three squash courts in Seremban 2 that cannot be used because the parquet flooring was coming apart due to erosion caused by a leaky roof.

“No one was interested in plugging the leaks and now we have to spend money to repair all three courts,” he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri.

Mohamad said many other sports facilities such as an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a lawn ball turf and a shooting range in Mantin, built for the 2004 Sukma Games, were under-utilised.

He said the 10 badminton courts at the Seremban 2 Sports Complex were also hardly used.

“We bought 30 different types of guns to be used for those who wished to take up shooting. But sadly no one knows where the guns are or how to go about using the shooting range.

“When I asked, the Seremban Municipal Council and the state Sports Council said they were not aware who was responsible. I hope I will not hear such excuses again.”