Cabinet should just bury the
idea of the RM70 million Brickendonbury Sports HPTC and establish an inquiry
to ascertain who were responsible for the folly of wasting RM2 million in
pursuing the project and who had really benefited
Media Conference (4)
by Lim Kit Siang
Now that the British East Herts
Council had rejected the Malaysian government’s application to establish a
RM70 million Sports High-Performance Training Centre (HPTC) at the Tun
Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC) in Brickendonbury outside London, the
siren proposal to appeal against the decision must be decisively resisted
and struck down.
The Cabinet next Wednesday should just bury the idea of the RM70 million
Brickendonbury Sports HPTC and establish an inquiry to ascertain who were
responsible for the folly of wasting RM2 million in pursuing the project
and who had really benefited.
The Council had publicly said that the Malaysian government had been
consistently advised of the constraints in developing the Brickendonbury
site due to the Green Belt policy, the site’s remoteness, the listed
mansion and the historic park land. The Council had been doubtful about
how outdoor sports facilities would assimilate satisfactorily and be
accommodated within the historic garden landscape.
Why then were the Sports Minister, Datuk Azalina Othman and the Deputy
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak as Chairman of the Cabinet
Committee on Sports, so stubborn in ignoring these objections to the
extent of throwing RM2 million of public funds down the drain, when good
governance and good sense would have advised against it?
The Brickendonbury Sports complex, originally cost at about RM490 million
but later scaled down and projected to cost RM70 million, should be an
object lesson as to how public funds should not be misspent and wasted.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman