KUALA LUMPUR – The Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) fully supports the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM)’s call for Selangor to look for other venues as its home ground in the Malaysia League this season.
Its Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the statement of FAM president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on the move by the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) to make the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil as its home venue was appropriate.
The Tunku Mahkota of Johor (TMJ) had earlier urged FAS to make Selayang Stadium as its home venue as in previous seasons.
“I see the statement of FAM president as apt because as at today we have received many requests. Not only for football but from other sports such as rugby to use the National Stadium.
“If Selangor were to play at the National Stadium, it would not only affect the schedule of the stadium and the schedule of matches for M League as well as the restoration of the stadium which will take time,” he told reporters at the launch of Youth and Sports Skills Training Institute (ILKBS) digital programme towards 2050 National Transformation (TN50) in cooperation of Microsoft Malaysia, today.
Khairy said he had ordered Perbadanan Stadium Malaysia (PSM) to tell FAS to find another venue as its official home ground.
On Tuesday, Tunku Ismail in a statement issued by FAM said the National Stadium should be not used in total throughout the year by the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions.
For the record, FAS could not hold night matches at Selayang Stadium as its floodlights did not meet the required specifications.
The last time Selangor made the National Stadium as its home venue was during the initial matches of 2012 Super League when Shah Alam Stadium was being upgraded. – BERNAMA