Wisma FAM in land swap deal

A landmark in Kelana Jaya will soon be erased.

All in the name of development.

The iconic Wisma FAM , that was set up in 1979, will make way for development with footballing activities moving to Putrajaya.

The green lung where most of the National footballers honed their skulls, be it at junior or senior level will be converted into a mixed commercial and residential development.

As part of a deal that initiated way back in 2009, the company who inked the deal to acquire that parcel of land will build a new FAM administrative and training centre on a piece of land that FAM purchased from Putrajaya Holdings.

The new centre will reportedly cost RM80 million.

However this deal is still subject to several conditions, with the developer having the responsibility of seeking the approval via a development order for both parcels of land.

And this is where the catch is.

If one can recall, there was intense public uproar when there was a plan to redevelop the PKNS grounds.

And set a s largely a residential area, severe opposition can be expected from those living in that area.

Why does FAM need a RM80 million complex to start with?

They could easily retain the current piece of land and turn it into a national development centre for youth, women, futsal activities.

And in Putrajaya they could easily apply for funding, say to the tune of RM15-20 million from the Federal Government as well as FIFA to develop the land where the premium has already been paid to Putrajaya Holdings.

With sketchy details coming out from the briefing conducted by FAM President Dato Hamidin Amin with Prime Minister, it is still unknown if this matter of land swap was discussed at all.

After all the government had paid for the construction of the National Badminton Academy in Bukit Kiara reportedly to the tune of RM80 million with yearly Maintainence cost of RM17 million.

Surely the Sports Minister would want to review this FAM land swap deal and come out with a win win deal for FAM.

After all a sum of RM10 million was set aside to develop E Sports!

So double that and save the heritage of Malaysian Football.

Let’s wait and see if anyone can take stock of the situation and help FAM out instead of having a RM80 million white elephant in the middle of nowhere.

Now, what happened to the stadium that was built in Putrajaya?

Or will we soon hear of another land swap deal soon involving another body..,,