VP Calls on People to Take Care of Sport Facilities Ahead of Asian Games

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 19 Februari 2018
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Vice President Jusuf Kalla leads a Coordinating Meeting on the Preparation for the 2018 Asian Games Organization, at multipurpose building, Senayan, Jakarta, on Monday (19/2)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla leads a Coordinating Meeting on the Preparation for the 2018 Asian Games Organization, at multipurpose building, Senayan, Jakarta, on Monday (19/2)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has regretted acts of vandalism that hit Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium (GUBK) in Jakarta by soccer supporters during the 2018 President’s Cup Final between Persija Jakarta and Bali United on Saturday (17/2).

The Vice President reminded people that Indonesia will host the 18th Asian Games – a large scale sport event – in August; thus, he called on people to take care of the sport facilities.

“This is a call for everyone because we will host a sport event that is larger in scale (than the President’s Cup). Thus, we must take care of the facilities,” the Vice President said after attending a Coordinating Meeting on the Preparation of Asian Games, at Inasgoc Office, Jakarta, Monday (19/2).

According to him, it will take time to renovate the damaged garden and facilities at the GUBK. “Particularly, the (renovation of the) garden that takes more time,” Kalla added.

Previously, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono admitted that he is disappointed seeing those acts of vandalism.

“That day, I was in Yogyakarta. I saw it on media and cried because renovating venues and Gelora Bung Karno Sport Complex is not an easy task,” Basuki said when inspecting the damaged facilities in the GUBK, in Senayan, Jakarta, on Monday (19/2).

The Minister admitted that the state suffers a total loss of Rp150 million due to those vandalism acts. However, the Minister asserted that the problem is not about the money but the attitude of the people who damaged the facilities built using the people’s tax money.

“For me, it is not only about the damaged facilities because we can fix it, but it is more about the attitude. I keep on wondering why the ones who damaged it were our people. In fact, we will host the 2018 AFC (U-19) Championship and other sport events,” Basuki added.

Also attending the Coordinating Meeting on the Preparation for the 2018 Asian Games were Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister of Youth and Sports Imam Nahrawi, Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono, Chairman of the Asian Games 2018 Organizing Committee Erick Thohir, Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan, and Governor of South Sumatra Alex Noerdin. (*/ES) (RAS/MUR/EP/Naster)

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