DBKL evict KLHA from Pantai Stadium

Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association have been told to vacate the stadium in Pantai.

The instruction was issued by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur via a letter dated 27 February.

However the letter was only delivered some 10 days ago.

An emergency council meeting of KLHA was held last night and an appeal will be made.

However there are only a matter of days for them to evict and find a place to operate,

KLHA has to vacate the stadium and hand it back to DBKL by the end of March according to the letter.

This unprecedented move by DBKL is truly a bitter blow for Hockey in the city.

KLHA have been custodians to the stadium since 1987 when KLHA was given a temporary occupation licence by PKNS.

In 1992, the site was transferred to DBKL after an artificial pitch was laid.

In 1996 to 1998, KLHA moved to the Tun Razak Stadium ad the KLHA stadium was being renovated for the Commonwealth Games.

After that KLHA were once again given the task of managing the stadium until the latest eviction notice.

This move by DBKL is unjustified as they are removing one of the most successful sports from having their own ground.

Thi high handed approach by DBKL towards a sports body should be condemned.

It is learnt that DBKL provided a monthly grant of RM19,900 to manage the stadium to KLHA but collect the rentals of the stadium.

However these payments stopped since September lax year ad the contract between the two parties had expired.

And sources claim that DBKL will tender the stadium out to interested parties.

For the record KLHA charges the lowest rental rate for the usage of the pitch in Klang Valley and this privatisation move will surely be a death blow for the sport in the city

More news to follow.