PETALING JAYA: Minister of Youth and Sports (KBS), Hannah Yeoh is trying to ensure that the full cheering of 90,000 Harimau Malaya supporters ahead of the AFF Cup semi-final against Thailand at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium (SNBJ) tomorrow can be realized even though it seems impossible.
A total of 21,000 seats had to be vacated to make way for the concert of Taiwanese artist Jay Chou scheduled to take place on January 15, at the same time only 59,000 tickets were allocated for the action on Saturday and all of them have already been sold out.
It is understood that Hannah and her team took a quick look at the SNBJ yesterday right after the handing over of the Jalur Gemilang to the national hockey squad for the World Cup to get an up-to-date picture of the stadium together with the Malaysian Stadium Corporation (PSM).
“I have been briefed on the problem we are facing this Saturday and we have discussed with the stadium corporation.
“We are still in the discussion process. That’s all I can say at the moment,” he said.
He said this while visiting the National Sports Institute yesterday with his deputy, Adam Adli Abdul Halim.
However, through a survey carried out by Utusan Malaysia yesterday in the SNBJ, it was found that the installation of the stage for Jay Chou’s concert is in full swing, and the hope of seeing the 21,000 vacated seats sold to football fans in the country within 48 hours is very difficult to realize. ahead of kick-off on Saturday.
The organizers of the concert have already booked the stadium since 13 March 2019, while the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has just booked the stadium in August 2022 to be used in conjunction with the AFF Cup.
Hannah added that the concert organizers needed around 14 days and a workforce of 500 people not including the 185 international crew to set up the stage, and they were already a few days late to make room for the AFF Cup group stage matches to be played during the day.
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