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Private-run sports club need to open facilities to the public

Thursday, 2 March 2017

SEREMBAN: State authorities are considering not extending the land lease of privately-run sports clubs in Negri Sembilan if the public is banned from using their facilities even if they are willing to pay, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

He added that the managements of some of these clubs have refused to allow the public to use their sports facilities although they could pay the fees.

“They are okay if their pools, tennis courts and other sports facilities remain empty rather than allow the public to use it for a fee.

“Well, since some of them will have their land lease expiring in 10 to 15 years, we will take these factors into consideration before deciding whether to extend the lease,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly state exco meeting here yesterday.

Mohamad said that since he assumed the post of president of the Seremban International Golf Club, he had opened its sports facilities to the public.

“We charge non-members a minimal fee so that they too can use the facilities.

“I do not like to see such institutions being exclusive,” he added.

Mohamad said he had also advised the management of a country club in Bandar Seri Sendayan to open its doors to the public for a fee.

In return for their gesture, he said the state was prepared to lower the assessment or quit rent paid by such clubs.

Source by: Internet

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