Monday, April 21, 2008

Rep: Project may hit a snag - The Star

April 21, 2008 by Zulkifli Mohamad

THE plan to build an RM3mil community sports complex-cum-multi purpose hall in Sungai Dua in Penang may hit a snag if the state government does not approve the use of the land for the project.

Sungai Dua assemblyman Datuk Jasmin Muhammad (pic) said the plan had been approved by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

“The Federal Government has approved the RM3mil allocation for the project. I am concerned with the land as land matters fall under the jurisdiction of the state government.

“I fear that the project will not take off as I am now an Opposition assemblyman.

“If this happens, I have to source for other land that belongs to the Federal Government,” he said.

Jasmin said it would be a loss for the people in Sungai Dua if the project did not materialise as the budget had already been approved.

“It will be a place for them, especially youths, to hold sports, recreation and gatherings,” he said.

He said the complex would feature a futsal arena, badminton courts, a cafeteria, a surau and a stage.

It will also have audio-visual facilities and ample car park lots.

“I hope the Pakatan Rakyat state government will consider this project and not make decision based on political differences.

“I will be writing to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to get his approval for the land that we have already identified,” he added.

He said a similar complex costing RM3.8mil had been built in Pinang Tunggal, Kepala Batas, and is now being utilised by youths and local residents there.

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