Mounted squad to be disbanded

AFTER a rough ride over five years, the controversial Klang Municipal Council (MPK) mounted squad will cease to operate and its 18-member team disbanded before the middle of this month.

During a MPK full board meeting on Thursday, council president Mislan Tugiu called for a collective decision on the mounted squad that the council had spent nearly RM3mil on.

“We need a collective decision on this financial burden that is draining the council budget,” Mislan told the 23 councillors present at the meeting.

Failed venture: A file picture of some of the horses grazing at the paddock at Taman Sri Andalas.

StarMetro had highlighted the controversial issue on Thursday that the squad was struggling to pay the RM600,000 required annually for the maintenance of the eight horses and allowances for the 18 personnel.

Three councillors - Datuk Mazlynoor Abdul Latiff, Datuk Teh Kim Poo and Alex Thiaga-rasan - had expressed dissatisfaction with the squad that only generated a revenue of RM4,100 a year compared to its expenditure of RM630,666.

The MPK had purchased 10 horses from Australia in March 2003 under the stewardship of its then council president Mohd Sharif Yusuf.

Two of the horses had died, one due to a heart attack while the other was put to sleep due to a spine problem.

The councillors agreed that the squad based at Taman Sri Andalas should be disbanded and the eight horses given to the Selangor Turf Club.

On another matter, Mislan announced that three enforcement personnel had been sacked.

“We sacked two enforcement personnel for corruption based on the advise of the Anti-Corruption Agency while the other person had his contract terminated after he skipped work for more than three months,” he said.

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