KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd (MRCB) announced today that it has been appointed by the government, through its subsidiary Rukun Juang Sdn Bhd (RJSB), to regenerate the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex into the iconic Kuala Lumpur Sports City.
The total project cost will be RM1.6 billion, MRCB said in a statement here today.
It said RJSB’s proposal was chosen by the Federal Government after 11 companies submitted proposals in an open national tender process undertaken by the Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS).
The agreement was signed in Putrajaya by Department of Lands and Mines Director-General Datuk Dr Sallehuddin Ishak, RJSB Director Kwan Joon Hoe, and Ministry of Youth and Sports Secretary-General Datuk Jamil Salleh,
MRCB said KL Sports City would create a vibrant sports hub accessible not only to athletes but also the local community, recreational users and the general public.
The first phase of the work — Project 1 — will get the Bukit Jalil National Stadium ready to host the 2017 Southeast Asia (SEA) Games.
Once Project 1 is completed and the SEA Games are over, RJSB will commence Project 2, the second phase of work, in early 2018.
“The existing facilities at Bukit Jalil 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 a catalyst to inspire Malaysia to become a sporting nation,” MRCB Group Managing Director Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din said.
RJSB has appointed international stadium experts Populous as the designer for the project.
Populous, whose previous designs include the Yankee Stadium, the 2012 London Olympic Stadium, South Korea’s Incheon 2014 Asian Games Stadium and the Etihad Stadium Expansion project in Manchester, is currently working on the design of a new stadium for Tottenham Hotspur FC in North London.