Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PKR...walk your talk now damnit !

The UKRC field fiasco

Yushaimi [2]

THE ball, excuse the pun, is firmly in Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's court.

At the Selangor State Assembly sitting next week, the State government will be cajoled to live up to the election promise made by Gombak MP Azmin Ali and Ulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib to give a piece of land, comprising a football field and a club house known as the Ulu Kelang Recreaction Club, "back" to the committee which has been managing the plot since 1958.

After promising to reverse former Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo's decision in 2004 to gazette the five-odd acres of land as open space, managed by the State Secretary, the UKRC committee, headed by Andrew Gopal, has been waiting for almost three years now for the Pakatan Rakyat government to keep its promise.

Andrew and Co. who have been fighting the battle relentlessly, have their hopes high that parity will be restored with the State government reversing Dr Mohd Khir's seven-year-old decision. It is for a good reason that they are doing so — residents in the area take pride in upkeeping what must be among the last good football pitches in the Klang Valley.

They have not only lovingly tended to its upkeep, they have developed a sentimental affinity for the club and football field, sandwiched between blocks of houses and threatened to be taken away by development due to its prime location.

The committee has maintained the place by creating their own funds, chipping in and collectively taking care of the field, and managing them well. They have frequent resident gatherings and families hold receptions of diverse sorts there.

It is home to them.

"The Pakatan Rakyat government must keep its election promise. It must," Andrew tells me.

"You know how much the place means to all of us. Generations of residents have sentimental attachment to the place. It is wrong to take it away from us."

Saari, it seems, is going to table a motion to reverse Dr Mohd Khir's gazette and return the plot to the UKRC committee.

The land had been alienated to UKRC by the Selangor State government, via the then Kuala Lumpur Land Office, on July 12, 1958.

UKRC had even paid RM690 for the surveyor's cost in August the same year to get the Pejabat Tanah Kuala Lumpur, as it was known then, to gazette the said recreational land under the control of the club.

Dr Mohd Khir had in 2004 re-gazetted the plot as open space after attempts to build condominiums there had met with huge public outcry.

The Malay Mail was, along with residents there, at the forefront in campaigning against the development. Azmin and Saari had then promised that the UKRC land issue would be resolved if Pakatan Rakyat took over the State administration.

On July 25, 2008, the Selangor MB had verbally informed Saari that he was very keen to resolve the UKRC controversy.

Andrew claims Khalid had asked that the UKRC file an application to purchase the land from the State government at a nominal fee.

UKRC duly complied, and on Aug 4 the same year, wrote in. There was no reply from Khalid's office. UKRC wrote again on June 25 and Oct 20, 2009.

Again, silence. In November 2009, the area's Village Development and Security Committee, Kuala Ampang (JKKK), comprising mostly UKRC members, wrote to Khalid to resolve the issue.

The MB's office replied that the State had no objection to allow UKRC to continue using the open space, subject to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council's (MPAJ) conditions.

The council, it seems, has never interfered in UKRC's business. "They know UKRC will go to The Malay Mail," jokes Andrew.

As the chronology goes, UKRC wrote again on March 15, 2010. Mum was still the word.

Tired of the inaction, UKRC and the residents had a meeting with Saari on March 7 this year, and expressed their disappointment at the unwillingness of the State government to assist its two representatives to keep to their election promise.

An ultimatum, says Andrew, was given to Saari to resolve the matter. Saari had told them that he would table the motion and get assemblymen to support his proposal to return the land to UKRC.

Having been there on a number of occasions, I certainly know how much the club and field mean to them.

I have seen with my own eyes, as have many other colleagues of mine, how scores of residents would gather there whenever there was an occasion.

They flock there even to watch friendly football matches, like the few that I (and the likes of our group media advisor Datuk Ahirudin "Rocky" Attan and former sports editor Tony Mariadass) had taken part in against UKRC.

I hope Azmin, Saari and the State government keep the promise. It's wrong to take away these people's home.

YUSHAIMI YAHAYA is Editor-in-Chief of The Malay Mail. He carries ankle, knee and back injuries from his active field soccer days, and only indulges in the occasional game of futsal — preferably with players older than him. He is contactable at


Hamdan Lim said...

What is the MB trying to proof? What happpen to all their Election promise to help the rakyat? Some more talk about the orange book.I will go to UKRC next week and find out if YB Saari Sungib got the land back for UKRC. If not, next GE I togather with my wife, my dad, my mum, brothers, sisters, uncles and aunties will not vote for PR. They should not cheat the Rakyat.

Ah Piau said...

The UKRC fiasco continues and looks like another typical scene in a malaysian land tussle. If it benefits me or what's it in for me? How will I benefit?We are not fooled.Are you guys in politics doing it for the sake of the people? country?. Bullshit doing it for yourself.Of course there are some exceptions, not many though. Azmin Ali knows the case of UKRC very well, he even promised that the the land be given to UKRC if they won during the last election. They did at Ulu Klang, but still, this land issue has not been resolved even after 3 years. This is the 2nd most powerful person in PKR that we are talking about and it is in his power to help resolve the UKRC land issue. Again my point is if it benefits me I'll look into it right away. Another person that needs to be replaced is MB Khalid, a businessman cum politician. You thinking guys can guess were I going to with this.. Alamak, tragedy lah. Were has he got time to resolve the UKRC issue. To him it a small issue too petty to even look into. How can the community of UKRC and the people in that area affect his political career? It is really sad that these politicians chosen by the people serve themselves rather than the people who voted them in.
PKR if it doesn't solve issues like that of UKRC our suggestion is that they change their party name to: PTBP (Parti Tak Boleh Pakai)or remain as PKR (Parti Kelentong Rakyat).Now we no longer nicely request but demand that UKRC be given to its rightful owners without further delay.The ultimatum has been given, do your work however small you think it may be, MB Khalid & Azmin Ali or make way for some other persons who genuinely wants to resolve issues of the rakyat. Take heed as the heat is on bro!!!!!!

Kerr Lee said...

Come on MB Selangor and the State Exco. Dont be arrogant and administer the State of Selangor like Khir Toyo and the BN yahoos.
Just retun UKRC rights to its land immediately. They have been managing the recreational land for the past 54 years. Imagine,how much money the club members and the Community has spent in maintaining the land and club. UKRC may be a small little Community club but they have huge support from the sporting fans all over Malaysia and Asia. Ask YB Saari Sungib about it and you will know how influential the folks at UKRC are with the Community.
Khir Toyo cheated UKRC by taking away UKRC's recreational land and
went on to Gazette the land as a Open Space to be controlled by the State Secretary. What happen to him, cheating does not pay. Khir Toyo lost the whole Selangor and now facing corruption trial.
So, MB Selangor,don't repeat Khir Toyo's mistake.Reward UKRC and Pakatan rakyat wil be rewarded by the people of Selangor in the next GE.

Anonymous said...

PKR ...fulfill your promises now. You have had more than enough time already. If "small" issue like land in Selangor state (which you are in control of now) cannot be solved to implement the promises in Buku Jingga for the whole nation??
Tak Boleh Caya sama lu lah!

JS said...

Hopefully with the coming State Assembly sitting, the State Government can give the land back to UKRC. This is a community club and have been serving the residents since 1957. UKRC are well managed and there are many activities in this club. You can't find a better field in town nowadays.
Pakatan Rakyat, it is time to deliver,what has been promised or else "the power of people will prevail"

JS said...

Come on, just make it right for once and for all in this coming state assembly siiting. Give the land back to UKRC. This issue has been dragging on for too long.
UKRC has been established since 1957 and has been serving the residents well. Basically, UKRC is a community club. This club has been well managed and there are many activities in this club. You can't find a better field in town nowadays.
Pakatan Rakyat, time to deliver what has been promised or else "the people power will prevail"

anthony said...

We can forget about PKR. From the news lately, they are no difference from UMNO..only difference is the name.
Can never trust them.. look at Selangor and Sarawak (How Azmin Ali tried to bully the rest of PR component)
They are only interest in power and money.. do you guys seriously think that they will serve?
Look at Penang and Selangor, see the difference?
For next GE, I hope PR will be without PKR, if 3 corners fight, go for PR and let the PKR guys lose

Anonymous said...

The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.

Anonymous said...

Clone of umno .It is best for PAS and DAP to team up as PR and sack pkr.Old habits die hard.
The non ex-umno members can be invited to join either PAS or DAP.
These two parties have very few problems unlike bn or pkr.