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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 | MYT 4:51 PM

MPK to dismantle rusty floodlight towers

FOUR rusty floodlight towers at Stadium Sultan Sulaiman in Klang will be dismantled because of concerns about the safety of the 25m structures.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) Engineering Department director Zamri Othman said each tower consisted of three levels that were fastened with bolts and nuts, and all these parts had been exposed to the elements for 41 years.

“The floodlight towers have illuminated the fields for thousands of sporting events since the stadium opened on March 6, 1975.

“But now the steel structures, with their faded white paint, have rusted so badly that the steel has begun to swell.”

“Even the nuts and bolts have hairline cracks so it is time we dismantle the structures,” he said, adding that a contractor had been appointed to remove all four towers.

MPK’s corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz said the contractor awarded the job has been given eight weeks to dismantle all four towers.

“We understand that the contractor will use a crane and torch cutting equipment to dismantle the structures before the end of October.

“The contractor will sell the steel structures as scrap and the money will contra the costs.

“We will put in an application to the Selangor government for an allocation to install new floodlights under the 2018 budget,” she said.

 

Norfiza added that the new floodlights would be mounted on unipoles.

The rundown state of the stadium was highlighted in StarMetro on Aug 29 and the Selangor government had since pledged to spend RM3mil to refurbish the stadium.

Selangor Youth, Culture and Entrepreneur Development Committee chairman Amirudin Shari agreed that there was a need to refurbish the stadium.

“All the facilities, including the synthetic rubberised track and other amenities within the stadium, will be repaired and the state will put this project under the 2018 budget,” he said, adding that based on current procedures, the amount should be released by April next year.

It was reported that the synthetic rubberised track was uneven and pieces of the rubber were coming off in patches along the running track.

The stadium was officially opened by the late Sultan of Selangor Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Sultan Hishamuddin Alam Shah.

The stadium, built on an area of approximately 4ha and borders the Alam Shah Palace Gardens, was designed by the engineers at the Klang District Office.

Construction of the stadium began in April 1974 and was completed in December the same year, at a cost of more than RM$1mil.