I remember people -- homemakers, students, lawyers, doctors, sportsmen (yes!) -- wondering why we would want to spend so much money on this project.
Even Youth and Sports ministry officials found it difficult to defend this project.
It was being carried out with the best of intentions (for Malaysian sports), a close aide of the then Youth and Sports Minister told me.
Well here's the piece of news (source: NST) --
The Youth and Sports Ministry has shelved the Brickendonbury High Performance Training Centre (HPTC) project in London as a forward base to prepare Malaysian athletes for the 2012 Olympic Games.
“The ministry can appeal against the decision and file a fresh application.
But after studying it from various angles and considering the views of all parties, the ministry has decided to shelve the project. So we will not make an appeal and file a fresh application,” said its minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a press conference here today (Thursday April 9).
He said the decision was made at the ministry’s post-cabinet meeting yesterday and it was endorsed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is also the Cabinet Committee On Sports Development chairman.
Please read The Sun's Citizen Nades on Brickendonbury here.