Khairy assures fans of sufficient public transport for the opening ceremony
MALAYSIANS, who wish to watch the Sea Games opening ceremony at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on August 19, need not worry about public transport.
Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has assured event organisers that there will be sufficient public transport.
“Prasarana has announced the extension in operation hours until 2am but they have unofficially assured us they will operate until the last spectator leaves the Bukit Jalil LRT Station’s platform,” he said after attending the Kuala Lumpur FitMalaysia programme as well as the KL2017 Torch Run at the KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil, yesterday.
The public are encouraged to use the public transport provided as KL Sports City is expected to be flooded by approximately 87,000 spectators during the opening ceremony.
“Traffic police will close the roads to Bukit Jalil and vehicles without official sticker are not allowed to enter.
“Next week, I will ride on the LRT to Bukit Jalil as an example.”
Khairy said spectators to the Games can park their vehicles at the Selangor Turf Club in Sungai Besi which can accommodate 3,000 vehicles. And feeder buses will be provided to and fro Bukit Jalil. They are also encouraged to park their vehicles at a LRT station closest to them.
Yesterday, about 15,000 participants took part in FitMalaysia which included a 5km and 10km run, 10km and 30km cycling, aerobics and zumba.
Meanwhile, Grabcar’s suggestion to offer free services to members of the media throughout the Sea Games from August 19-30 is an act of patriotism and should be followed by other public transport services providers.
Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he agrees with Grabcar’s initiatives as it is a way for the company to show its patriotism as well as to show continued support for the organisers of the KL2017.
“I would like to thank Grabcar for doing so because it is a means for them to contribute to the country.”
“This will enable members of the media to provide fast and proficient reports, I think this is a good and noble act that should be followed by others in order to contribute, in their own ways, and ensure the success of the Sea Games.
“It might be Grabcar’s way of helping the government ensure a successful KL2017,” he said after the flag handover to the men’s and women’s national basketball team at the Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA) Stadium, yesterday.
Prior to this, Grabcar signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian Organising Committee (MASOC) as gold sponsor of the KL2017 and will be the official car service for volunteers, officials, national athletes. It will also offer special car services to elderly people and the disabled to the competitions venue for free.