50 members of the Shiang Yang 219 Kinta Open Scout Troop recently spent 12 hours a day for 12 days to erect a structure that resembles the Beijing National Stadium, known as the “Bird’s Nest”. With the co-operation of the Malaysian Scouting Association (Perak), the scouts utilised some 4,000 pieces of mangrove wood, 400kg of jute ropes, bamboos and recycled tyre tubes from motorcycles and bicycles, in the project.
Covering an approximate area of 750 sq. metre, in the open field just adjacent to Kompleks Sukan Bercham, and measuring 14 metres in height with a diametre of 40 metres and circumference of 125 metres, this is Malaysia’s largest pioneering structure and has been entered into the Malaysia Book of Records (MBR) on Dec 30th, 2012.
This structure is open for public viewing and will be dismantled tomorrow. While this activity showcased the scouting spirit and skills, at a cost of more than RM90,000, I feel that this money could be put to better use, for something more permanent than this temporary structure, that would be of greater benefit to the community.
Replica of Beijing National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) in Ipoh
Venue: open field next to Kompleks Sukan Bercham
Address: Lorong Bercham 14, Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 38.456′ E 101 7.797′
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