Sunday, July 1, 2007

Stadium Batu Kawan - newspapers & blog extracts

Read more on how we got into the jam & escaped.

Ministry of Penang only apologized to the VVIPs, how about us who got stuck in the jam innocently??

Extract from newspapers:

The organisers had totally underestimated the volume of traffic which resulted in a massive traffic jam on the sole road leading to the stadium. (The Star, 1 July)

It left thousands, including dignitaries – the Sultan of Kedah and the Mentri Besar of Perlis – stranded in the congestion that had begun four hours before kickoff. The situation was so bad that frustrated drivers left their cars in the middle of the road and proceeded to make the final 2km journey to the stadium on foot. (The Star, 1 July)

The Penang state government is sorry that the Sultan of Kedah had to leave his car and walk to the State Stadium in Batu Kawan to watch the FA Cup final on Saturday night. (The Star, 2 July)

Dr Koh said the state regretted the bad traffic jam, which only cleared at about 5am yesterday. “We are in the process of reviewing the traffic control and parking system to come up with a more effective and innovative one for the future when there is another crowd-pulling match at the stadium,” he said. (The Star, 2 July)

Menurutnya, beliau (Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon) juga hampir terperangkap dalam kesesakan itu tetapi berjaya mengelak selepas pegawai Persatuan Bolasepak Pulau Pinang (FAP) menasihatinya supaya membatalkan hasratnya ke stadium itu. (KedahLanie, 1July)

....,Sultan Kedah, Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah terpaksa berjalan kaki sejauh dua kilometer untuk ke Stadium Batu Kawan, Pulau Pinang . Pemangku Raja Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizzudin Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail pula terpaksa membonceng motosikal polis untuk ke stadium tersebut ekoran kesesakan yang amat teruk bermula sejak pukul 4.30 petang lagi. (KedahLanie, 2 July)

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