A Football Association of Singapore (FAS) Centre of Excellence U-19 match between Warriors FC and a FAS U-19 side was abandoned in the 69th minute on Tuesday (10 April) because of alleged instructions given by Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Lee Bee Wah to the Centre Manager for the Yishun Stadium.
The Online Citizen has reached out to MP Lee Bee Wah to seek her inputs on the matter.
Based on information which has been corroborated, the Centre Manager for the Yishun Stadium, where the match was played, turned the lights off at 9pm after allegedly receiving instructions by the MP as a result of complaints from residents from nearby condominium The Estuary.
It is not known how many complaints were received by residents of the Estuary, which was completed in 2013.
The Yishun Stadium is operated by government agency Sport Singapore.
A football official who spoke to TOC said: “It is ridiculous that a match was abandoned at 9pm just because the MP asked for the lights to be turned off after complaints from residents of the condominium. The stadium operating hours end at 10 pm. Since when has that changed?”
A resident of the Estuary, who spoke to TOC on condition of anonymity said that there have been some concerns raised by residents of the lower floors about the glaring lights of the stadium.
This is despite the stadium being around when they made their purchases of their respective apartments.
The Yishun Stadium was opened in 1992, and has been surrounded by multiple Housing and Development Board flats. The Estuary was completed in 2013.
Yishun Stadium, has been home to various football clubs over the last 20 years including Sembawang Rangers, Super Reds, Sporting Afrique, Malaysia Tigers.
This is the first time that a football match was abandoned as a result of intervention by the MP for the area.
There are various questions which need to be answered over this incident.
Why did the Centre Manager take instructions from MP Lee Bee Wah? What is the chain of command for Sport Singapore for such matters?
Was Sport Singapore aware of this incident when the lights were turned off? If no, then why did its Centre Manager take instructions from the MP for the area?
TOC understands that the match will be replayed on Monday, 16 April.
Five-man Nee Soon GRC is helmed by Minister of Home Affairs and Law, K Shanmugam and the other MPs in the GRC are Faishal Ibrahim, Louis Ng and Henry Kwek.