The ‘Kings of Tennis’ tournament in Penang this weekend has been cancelled.
How much will it cost to clear the mess in the Esplanade, including all that concrete? A couple of million ringgit? Did the state government collect a deposit from the organisers? If yes, great. If not, why not?
It’s a major ‘Big Bang’ for Penang, unfortunately….
The objective of ‘Kings of Tennis’ was “to create the first, biggest and best team event for the world number ones in tennis.”
But the local organisers apparently failed to come up with payment or a bank guarantee for the event producers. A Big Bang embarrassment.
“We express our sincere apologies to the public and all those parties concerned but we simply could not provide the players without the payment of promised funds that did not materialise despite a number of ultimatums given to the local promoter/organiser by our organisation,” said the event producers in a press release by Ming, KH & Associates Sdn Bhd on behalf of the overseas-based producers of ‘Kings of Tennis’.
The warning bells should have sounded when the organisers complained a few days ago of “lack of support” from the state government. But did the state government actually endorse the event by allowing the organisers to use a .gov.my URL as in http://www.kingsoftennis.gov.my/
Why did the organisers build all the infrastructure without sorting out the financing first?
Speaking of the Esplanade, whose bright idea was it to build that low wall surrounding the sprawling field, which is supposed to be a public area? What purpose does it serve?