While repairs to the Sultan Mizan Stadium in Malaysia are getting delayed, the sporting complex has been seeing games of another kind being played: young couples using the arena for romantic liaisons.
The RM300mil stadium, an iconic sporting avenue near Gong Badak, was closed indefinitely, after the roof of the spanking new arena collapsed on June 2.
Lovers, who wanted to escape the ever-diligent spying eyes of the religious police, found it to be an excellent site for their rendezvous, but they were soon discovered, after many started frequenting the place.
State Religious and Information Committee chairman Khazan Che Mat said a dozen couples were caught for close proximity at the site during follow-up operations.
He said the couples had thought they could evade the officers, but they had been proven wrong as the officers out-smarted them with their diligence.
He said the officers found it unusual that the Teluk Ketapang beachfront, where many a "khalwat-ing" couple had been nabbed previously, had suddenly become deserted.
Khazan said the officers have been directed to intensify surveillance at abandoned sites. Meanwhile, Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said has said the state government is still waiting for a comprehensive report from a British consultant on the cause of the roof collapse at the stadium.
"I don't know how long it will take for them to hand over the report, so we have to wait," the Star Online quoted him as saying.