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Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB), through its subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd (RJSB), has been appointed to regenerate the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex into the iconic Kuala Lumpur Sports City. RJSB’s proposal was chosen from 12 proposals submitted in an open national tender process undertaken by the government’s Public Private Partnership Unit.

The first phase of the work, Project 1, will get the Bukit Jalil National Stadium ready to host the 2017 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games. Project 1 will also carry out targeted works on Putra Stadium, National Aquatic Centre and National Hockey Stadium, improve integration with current and existing public transport links, and enhance pedestrian access across the site.

Project 2 is scheduled to commence in early 2018. The second phase will create KL Sports City, a fully-integrated sports hub with new, world-class infrastructure including high performance sports training facilities, a sports rehabilitation science centre, a youth park, public sports facilities, a sports museum, youth hostel, convention centre, and a sports-focused retail mall. RJSB has appointed international Populous as the project designer.

MRCB group managing director Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din said:

We are honoured to have been chosen to carry out a project of national importance. The Bukit Jalil facilities were built more than 17 years ago and Malaysia needs a sporting venue that showcases the country and its athletes. The new sports city will be the catalyst that inspires Malaysia to become a sporting nation.

KL Sports City project marks MRCB’s entry into sports and recreational infrastructure, and allows us to build on our core strengths of delivering multi-use developments that regenerate areas of national importance.

By working in a private-public partnership we can ensure that our corporate goals are aligned with the nation’s objectives for growth and development.

RJSB will focus on delivering a regenerated Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex with international-standard facilities for the SEA Games, which will form the heart of a new world-class sporting hub that is accessible and usable all year round.

Picture: Youth and Sports Ministry secretary-general Datuk Jamil Salleh exchange documents with MRCB senior vice-resident (property and retail) Shireen Iqbal Mohamed Iqbal.

The Malaysian Government has allocated more than RM1bn (US$237m) to turn the National Sports Complex in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, and its surrounding areas into a Sports City.

According to a Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports spokesperson:

The purpose of the project is to help make the NSC area a popular spot for tourists and people in general.

At the moment the facilities and the area draws crowd only when there are major sporting events.

Except for the flea market at the Putra Stadium, which is fairly commercialised, the other facilities only generate revenue only when there is a major sporting event.

Works at the National Sports Complex include the upgrading of the Bukit Jalil National Stadium along with a sports museum and hall of fame to honour the sporting greats of Malaysia. Other work includes upgrades to the site’s football, indoor and hockey stadiums; and the squash and aquatic centres.

Malaysia’s Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, recently announced that the major upgrading and construction works would begin before the end of the year, with a builder appointed to carry out the project through an open tender process by Unit Kerjasama Awam Swasta (UKAS) of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Minister Khairy explained:

The tender process for the project is completed and the Ministry is looking forward to seeing Bukit Jalil become a Sports City.

There are many works to be done including building a new international convention centre, as well as another indoor arena at the site because the current Putra Indoor Stadium is always fully booked with events.

Khairy, who is also the Umno Youth chief, said besides building two new infrastructures, the Bukit Jalil National Stadium would also be upgraded in the RM1bn project.

With a capacity of 87,000, the Bukit Jalil Stadium was built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

Images: Malaysia’s National Sports Complex (top) and the Bukit Jalil Stadium (below).

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