BONSERNEWS.com – The government’s plan to repair the Jakarta International Stadium (JIS) in preparation for the 2023 U-17 World Cup event reaps pros and cons.
Anies Baswedan’s spokesperson, Surya Tjandra, assessed that the visit of PSSI General Chair Erick Thohir, Acting Governor of DKI Jakarta Heru Budi Hartono and PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono to JIS was too much.
Especially, said Surya, when the results of the inspection were only focused on plans to repair the stadium grass which is even widely used by other international stadiums.
“Suddenly, some have even become grass experts just to point out JIS’ shortcomings. It is clear that this is only intended to politicize the presidential candidate Anies Baswedan,” Surya said in a written statement, Wednesday, July 5, 2023.
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The former Deputy Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning also highlighted the attitude of the two ministers who immediately invited the grass contractor to inspect the JIS grass.
Surya said, it should be FIFA that can judge whether it is appropriate or not. In fact, it is considered unethical when someone with a business interest is asked to provide an evaluation.
“What is clear is that he has a business interest. So can the evaluation results be trusted? In terms of method, how come the grass that was sampled was actually outside the competition boundary line?” he said.
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Another thing that was also considered strange was that when the evaluation process had not yet been completed, let alone the tender, the PUPR Minister had already brought in a contractor. As if it had been appointed to do a lawn renovation.
“Even worse, after just one visit suddenly a project value of Rp. 6 billion has been released. Do you want to repair JIS or are you looking for a grass project?” he added
The former Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) politician also received news that PT Jakarta Propertindo (JakPro) was also not invited to carry out the inspection, instead the visit was taken over by the central government. Then immediately took PT Karya Rama Prima.
“So the intention seems to be to make drama, not a technical survey. While PT KRP mostly makes golf courses, just look at all the golf course projects. One well-known soccer field is only Gelora Bung Karno, so I’m confused why he got GBK huh?” he said again.
JIS itself, continued Surya, was built entirely by national labor assisted by consultant Buro Happold who also built the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in England. So the design certainly follows the standards and FIFA Stadium Guidelines which are also used at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.