MANIPULATED:Ulu Klang Recreational Club president says facts in public hearing report have been distorted and wants meeting with Selangor menteri besar
IT is back to square one for the Ulu Klang Recreational Club (UKRC) in its long-standing battle to win full rights to manage the land the club is situated on.
Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim had announced recently that UKRC will have to pay the current market value for the clubhouse and will maintain the gazette, which categorises the field as an "open space" as decided in 2004.
UKRC president Andrew Gopal, however, believes there is foul play which resulted in the menteri besar making a decision against the club's favour.
"We believe the public hearing report upon which the MB had based his decision on has been manipulated," said Andrew.
"Why must we pay full value for the clubhouse land and building when we built it at a cost of RM33,200 in July 1960 on land approved for UKRC.
"The report states that we do not allow non-members of the club to use the field and its facilities. This is not true.
"The report also states that we have not been paying quit rent since the club started. However, we have been officially exempted from doing so since June 21, 1962.
"The decisions made have not followed the motion passed in the state Assembly last April and it looks like we are back at where we started."
Hulu Klang assemblyman Saari Sungib had in April last year presented a motion to either amend the land status from "open space" to "recreational" for the purpose of keeping the football field and clubhouse, or to issue a new land title to UKRC with the condition that the land be used solely for recreational purposes and is not transferable or for sale.
Andrew said the club will ask for a meeting with the MB to present its side of the story and also request for a full copy of the public hearing report.
"We are writing to the MB to set an appointment to prove to him, with the documents we have, that the land has been approved and reserved for UKRC as recreational land.
"We will also request, under the 'Freedom of Information, State of Selangor enactment', for a copy of the public hearing report to assess whether the contents are correct."
The club had last week organised a peaceful demonstration at its grounds to appeal to the MB for full rights to manage the land.