Saturday, August 10, 2013
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told the Malaysian Handball Federation on July 7, 2013 to suspend all those involved in the alleged gang rape of the Sukma games
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin today criticised the choice of Bukit Jalil national stadium for the national team's friendly with the Barcelona football club, following a last-minute venue switch to Shah Alam stadium for the event.
Khairy said the venue switch would harm the country's reputation and inconvenience the fans, pointing out that he had himself previously said the Bukit Jalil stadium's turf conditions were unacceptable.
"So here, as the minister responsible for SBNJ, I once again explain that I am also not satisfied with the SNBJ field and I have moved to order the closure of SNBJ in October so its turf can be replaced," Khairy (picture) said, referring to the Bukit Jalil national stadium by its Malay initials.
The decision to use SNBJ with its current turf condition is a decision of the organisers who should have known about the field conditions and my decision that the field will only be replaced in October," he wrote in a Facebook post.
The minister of youth and sports said that the initial decision to use the Bukit Jalil stadium was jointly-made by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the match organisers.
Earlier today, The Star reported the FAM as saying that the match would be moved to the Shah Alam stadium, which was also the venue for Malaysia's friendly match with UK's Chelsea football team last month.
The football match is set to take place at 8.45 pm tonight.