Sunday, October 06, 2013

UKRC Field vs BN then, UKRC Field vs Pakatan now

There must be a reason why everyone calls it "UKRC Field", right?

Excerpts from a decade ago:

"And the pits of the issue: some developers are still trying to rob residents
of existing football fields!

The media have helped residents defend their fields against many developers
but the latest one involving the field at the Ulu Klang Recreational Club
will prove to be the biggest battle yet.

Because in this one the Selangor State Government has taken the
unprecedented action to throw its entire weight behind the developers and
against the protectors of football fields.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Khir Toyo said there was need to relocate
squatters in a nearby colony and the field is the only space available.

(With the recent controversy over the "over-generous" awards of land in
Selangor, the question of available space should not have been raised!)

Khir also said that the developers will only take a portion of the field. He
did not say if this meant the residents would be able to still play their
football on half or quarter of a field.

I played a friendly at the UKRC field. The place was full of activities and
young people of various races. There were no guards at the entrance to stop
non-members from entering the grounds; this isn't a golf club, it's a
football club.

I can't see where football in this country is going if Khir goes ahead with
his plans to "take back" a field meant for the ordinary people - a field
that has been there long before he was born - in the name of development and
progress."
_________ - A Field for Killjoy, New Sunday Times 25.,5.2003

I wrote that piece 10 years ago, when Selangor was under BN. The story about our fight for the UKRC field was picked up by Jeff Ooi's Screenshots (Rocky takes on Khir Toyo). By 2004, credit to the Menteri Besar who must have seen the light, the Selangor government declared the field as "open space". It was a victory of ordinary people against greedy housing developers, one that would not have been possible without Mr Andrew Gopal and the fearless people of Ulu Kelang Recreation Club.

But today, the UKRC is forced to fight for the field again. This time it is up against the Pakatan Rakyat state government, the local council Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya, and the Kuala Ampang Resident Association. The RA was formed only in January this year "to fight for the field".

As of Oct 1, the MPAJ has taken charge of the field. A guardhouse at the entrance has been demolished and the residents are "free" to play football in the fields without having to deal with the UKRC. One thing I must say, I disagreed with the UKRC putting up a guard house at the entrance of the field but the MPAJ has guards at the field, too, so what's the difference. And the local council is charging RM200 per game for anyone who wants to use the field, already!

Expect another long battle ahead. At least this time there won't be any developer involved. Or is there?

Read also The Star's Love labour lost.

7 comments:

Zambry said...

Dear Rocky, I have been visiting UKRC for the last 10 years and I can tell you that the UKRC Committee is really doing a good job in maintaining the UKRC field and providing recreation for people all over Selangor and not just the Kuala Ampang people. My sons plays football in the UKRC Junior Football Academy. The guardhouse was placed at that time, because the Kuala Ampang RA, mostly made up of gangsters and some UKRC expelled members, started to disturb UKRC activities and doing spins in the cyber world to make believe. I was told that the Kuala Ampang RA sits on a government land togather with a another association that encourages gambling/video games,etc in the association. Will Khalid and Saari Sungib take action and bring the illegal building down? A club that has been managing the field for the past 57 years with millions being spent being robbed in just 2 days by the Pakatan Rakyat government. UKRC should fight it out in Court, if Pakatan Rakyat do not compromise with UKRC.

Anonymous said...

Zorro join the fray

maae said...

Mana ada tanah lapang dalam Selangor, pencarian dalam pejabat tanah, gerenti long list. Macam singa lapar...

Padang ini jika tidak di pertahankan, kita sudah tahu apa bakal terjadi...

Anonymous said...

mpaj temberang la! under this current state govt, mpaj has been even worse. applying rules selectively and haphazardly. I have so many stories with them I could write a book.

Bakri said...

Anak saya berlatih bolasepak di UKRC. Dimaklumkan bahawa UKRC dah mula perbincangan dengan peguam untuk menyaman Khalid dan MPAJ. UKRC dah belanja berjuta-juta ringgit jaga padang. MPAJ dalam 4 hari rampas padang yang dikawal selama 57 tahun oleh UKRC macam tak ada undang-undang di Negeri Selangor bawah Pakatan Rakyat. Hidup UKRC. Lingkup Pakatan Rakyat.

Anonymous said...

I would say, the President and the team been doing a good for 57 years. A well managed club and field. Moreover this place is full of memories since my childhood. UKRC will fight for their justice...

Anonymous said...

Corruption knows no bounds. Here we see MPAJ robbing a club of its rightful playing field.
MPAJ should be ashamed of itself. It is supposed to serve the public but in fact is actually working for private greed.
They are useless in responding to people's complaints, only good for creating situations for the rakyat to complain about. Let's get rid of these crooks once and for all.
CT Yeoh