Residents unhappy with council for renting out part of carpark at Shah Alam Stadium
THE lack of sports activities and football matches at the Shah Alam Stadium has resulted in part of its carpark being rented out to a used car dealer.
However, this move did not go well with the residents in Shah Alam who felt that the stadium carpark was not an ideal place to do business.
A check by StarMetro following tip off from a resident revealed that part of the carpark facing an apartment block near the Giant Supermarket is being occupied by a used car dealer.
There are more than 100 cars parked in the area which has been fenced up.
There is also a signboard put up in informing the public of the used car outlet.
An IT student, Mohd Azmi Abdullah, said it was strange that the carpark had been given out for business.
He said the carpark served thousands of football fans especially the supporters of Selangor team during the Super League games.
“The Selangor team also plays here in the Malaysia Cup and FA Cup competitions,” he said.
Peter Yap, 50, from Bukit Jelutong said it reflected badly on the authorities which in the past had attracted a lot of criticisms on the lack of matches at the stadium.
“The stadium has a capacity of 85,000 spectators and it is hardly half full during the few matches played here.
“This means the carpark will not be fully taken up during the matches,’’ he said.
Shah Alam City Council public relations officer Shahrin Ahmad confirmed that a section of the carpark was being rented out to the used car dealer.
He said the used car dealer had been operating in the area since end of last year.
“The company came up with the proposal for turning that particular area into an used car outlet and the council approved it.
“The council is receiving RM12,000 monthly rental from the car dealer,” he said.
Since there are ample parking space in the area, Shahrin said, the council felt that it would not cause shortage of parking space during games.
Moreover, he said, the council was also able to generate some income by renting out the space.
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