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Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 7:54:13 AM
by choong mek zhin
THE public can now use the Ulu Klang Recreation Club (UKRC) field in Kuala Ampang, with permission from the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ).
It has been renamed the Kuala Ampang MPAJ field and will be managed by the local council starting from today.
The move comes after more than a year of problems, with residents and other members of the public protesting against various issues over the land.
MPAJ deputy president and secretary Abd Hamid Hussain said the council would be in charge of all facilities, except the clubhouse.
This includes the football field, basketball court, parking lot and the empty space surrounding the field.
“Those who wish to use the field can contact our Community and Youth Department, we will be charging RM200 for two hours use of the field that is meant solely for football,” he said, adding that use of the other facilities is free and on a first-come, first-served basis for now.
He said that while the entire land is public land, the state government has given the option of allowing UKRC to purchase the portion where the clubhouse is located.
“They will have to apply to the Land Office for this and pay the premium,” he said, adding that in the meantime, the state government has yet to make any further decisions on the matter.
Enforcement officers will be temporarily stationed at the main entrance to the field, that is also shared by the clubhouse, to avoid problems.
Abd Hamid also said that MPAJ received a letter from a lawyer representing UKRC that states they will proceed with legal action if MPAJ takes over the field.
He also does not rule out the possible need to hire a contractor to maintain the field in the future.
Kuala Ampang Residents’ Association (Rakan) secretary Kevin Ho said the takeover was a timely one.
“We have been planning a football tournament with the veteran teams in the area for the last three months.
“We had been counting on being able to use the field but when we approached the club a week back, we were not able to book it,” he said, adding that more than 10 teams had responded positively to the tournament.
Ho said that dealing with MPAJ was easier as there was room for discussion.
Resident Sam Tan, 52, said that many would be glad of the move by MPAJ as it meant everybody could now use the field freely.
“With MPAJ taking charge of the field and other sports facilities, this will truly make it into what it is supposed to be, a public open space,” he said.
On other matters raised at the MPAJ fullboard meeting yesterday, Hamid said the council was currently awaiting the state government’s decision on the construction of a mini stadium in Pandan Perdana.
“There are no public sports facilities in Ampang so this will be the first. The plans include a jogging track, playground, changing rooms and other amenities,” he said, adding that the estimated cost for the project was RM10mil, which would be borne by the state government.
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