Khairy as­sures fans of suf­fi­cient public trans­port for the open­ing cer­e­mony

New Straits Times - - Sport - JUMIATI ROSLY AND HAIKA KHAZI bh­

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.

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