KLANG: The Sultan of Selangor has expressed displeasure over the reported plan to relocate the Selangor Turf Club (SLTC) from Sungai Besi, according to sources.
A palace official confirmed that three SLTC committee members were summoned to the palace for an explanation on the clubs move to Sungai Tinggi in Hulu Selangor.
The SLTC recently announced that among the reasons for shifting the racecourse was the traffic congestion in the vicinity on race days and the poor condition of the track, which sits on former mining land, during bad weather. .
At the clubs EGM in March, the ordinary members of the SLTC gave the go-ahead to move the club.
However, 27 members later signed a petition against the move and sought a court injunction to stop the relocation.
The injunction was dismissed and they have filed an appeal with the Court of Appeal.
The SLTC had announced that the Berjaya Land Bhd (BLand) had won the tender to build the new club in Sungai Tinggi.
BLand, through wholly-owned subsidiary Selat Makmur, beat 18 other developers in the open tender.
Selat Makmur will build a racecourse and ancillary buildings on the land at a cost of RM605mil and buy the Sungai Besi land for RM640mil.
The SLTC committee members could not be reached for comment.