No prohibited items at 2023 Merdeka tournament final tomorrow, fans reminded

KUALA LUMPUR: Football fans attending the 2023 Merdeka Tournament final between Malaysia and Tajikistan at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium tomorrow have been reminded not to bring in any prohibited materials, including flags of other countries that are not related to the match.

Cheras district police chief ACP Zam Halim Jamaluddin said prohibited items such as firecrackers, fireworks, flares, helmets, lasers, matches, lighters, sharp objects, weapons, liquor, umbrellas and sticks are prohibited at the gates to the stadium.

“We expect a crowd of 45,000 supporters will attend the match at the Bukit Jalil Stadium here and all the stadium entrances will be opened at 6 pm,“ he said here today.

In the meantime, Zam Halim also advised football fans to use public transport to the stadium and if driving there, to be patient, civil and tolerant.

He said the public not going to the final should avoid using the road around the stadium to reduce congestion.

“People are reminded to maintain good conduct and not engage in extreme provocations that cause chaos either during the match or after,“ he said.

Tajikistan received a ‘bye’ to the final after Palestine withdrew at the last minute last Monday due to the tense situation at home.

The Harimau Malaya squad qualified for the final after defeating India 4-2 at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Friday.-Bernama