UKRC prevented spectators from using the toilets after the Ampang Municipal Council held the first football match since taking over the management of the field.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council held its first football match after taking over the management of a playing field from Ulu Klang Recreation Club (UKRC) early this month but the public were denied the use of toilets by the former owners.
The UKRC management closed the men’s and women’s toilets with plywood to deny public access.
Residents Association Kuala Ampang (Rakan), which organised the match, said this was an act of desperation by the UKRC after the council took over the management of the field.
Yesterday, Kuala Ampang residents watched a veterans’ football match between home team Rakan FC and Black Eagle FC after the field was closed for nearly a year,.
The council took over the management of the field on Oct 1, after a long tussle between Kuala Ampang residents and UKRC.
After the takeover, the council renamed the recreational space as the Kuala Ampang MPAJ field but the clubhouse still belongs to UKRC.
The residents claimed that before the takeover, UKRC only allowed club members to use the recreational space and non-members had to pay a hefty booking fee to use the field and other sports facilities.
Rakan secretary Kevin Ho told reporters that the club, which was formed in 1957, was known as Dewan Masyarakat dan Kelab Rekreasi Kuala Ampang.
He said the clubhouse was built with the help of members and state government funding.
Amendments made to club’s regulations on April 10, 2002, stated the club was only for members and would not serve as a community hall for the use of residents.
With the amendments, the UKRC stopped allowing residents to use the recreational space for a long time until the takeover by the council.
Don’t sell away the club to private owners
Meanwhile, Rakan hoped that the council would not sell the clubhouse to UKRC.
MPAJ officials have stated that if UKRC wanted to keep the clubhouse they need to apply to Land Office and pay a premium but the state government has yet to make any decision on the matter.
Rakan has appealed to state government not to sell the land and community hall to any club.
The association believes the field is their heritage because three or four generations of families have been living in the area and want the place to be open to public for recreational activities.
UKRC: Toilets under repair
Meanwhile, UKRC president Andrew Gopal rebutted claims made by Rakan on the toilets, stating that the toilets were boarded up as they were under repair due to overflow.
“The club is spending RM3,000 to repair both the toilets and soon will be re-opened for public use,” said Andrew.
Andrew also slammed Rakan for misleading the public by providing false information about the UKRC club management.
According to him, Rakan was formed last year purportedly to champion their own personal agenda after they had a feud with the UKRC committee.