Millions go down the drain on 1Malaysia futsal courts

Millions go down the drain on 1Malaysia futsal courts
Youths playing futsal at the badly maintained court in Bandar Baru Slim, Perak.

MALAYSIA - A few courts are located in isolated spots, away from residential areas and as such, left unattended for a long time.

They are overgrown with creepers and lalang, which attract snakes and rodents or, worse, Aedes mosquitoes, especially now with the rainy season.

The Star team checked out more than 100 of these courts around Selangor, Malacca, Negri Semblian, Johor, Perak and Kedah.

Many were found lacking maintenance, with some obviously never having been looked after since the day they were built, which is likely in 2011.

Many others are in shambles.

The courts were built at about RM150,000 each.

They come with coloured concrete flooring, chain-link fencing on the perimeter, goal posts and painted goal lines.

StarProbe found most of the gates to the courts unlocked and some left ajar, and the fencing cut by vandals or pulled down in other areas.

The goal posts are rusting away, with many broken or in near collapse.

And the netting are usually missing.

On some courts, the team found the flooring uneven or had potholes.

1Malaysia futsal courts are supposed to have features that enable them to cater to other sports such as basketball and netball. These, too, are in a sad state of disrepair.

Hoops are damaged or missing from the backboards, the netting for the baskets are gone and elsewhere, broken netball stands lie discarded outside the courts.

The facilities at the courts are also in a sorry state. Except for a few places, the toilets are not working and are filthy.

Some are even used as makeshift storerooms.

Floodlights in many of the futsal courts are not working.

The signboards placed outside the courts have also not been spared by vandals.

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