For over a century, horse racing was primarily a lavish pastime of the rich and famous in Kuala Lumpur and the Selangor Turf Club was the place to meet and to be seen. In 1992, the Selangor Turf Club relocated from Jalan Ampang (now the famous KLCC Twin Towers) to a brand new state-of art race course in Sungai Besi.[Wikipedia]
There has been talks about the Turf Club moving to somewhere again.
A news article somewhere in 2004 tells us this:
Berjaya Land Bhd subsidiary Selat Makmur Sdn Bhd has been selected for a RM640 million job to relocate and build the new Selangor Turf Club (STC) premises, says an STC official.
The official, who declined to be named, tells FinancialDaily that Selat Makmur beat seven other major property developers to the job in a tender exercise. It proposes to relocate the club to Rawang, along the North-South Expressway.
STC has put up advertisement notices in newspapers on an impending EGM on March 31 to consider and approve Selat Makmur’s selection.
Pursuant to the advertisement, the club proposes to sell the existing land in Sungai Besi to Selat Makmur for RM640 million to be paid for in land, buildings and cash.
STC will get a 300ha land in Sungai Tinggi, Ulu Sungai district near Bukit Beruntung in Rawang, together with a “modern leading-edge racecourse of international standards with ancillary buildings” to be built by Selat Makmur at a cost of RM605 million.
In addition, STC will receive RM35 million cash, while each club member whose name appears on its register as at March 31 will get sub-divided vacant lots of about 10,000 sq ft of land in the new site.
“It seems that the members are in favour of the deal. The new location is ideal for traffic dispersal,” said an STC ordinary member when contacted yesterday. Furthermore, the vacant lot of 10,000 sq ft is seen as a great offer.
On Jan 2, FinancialDaily, quoting STC’s deputy chairman Datuk Richard Cham, reported on STC’s planned relocation to an area north of Kuala Lumpur, along the North-South Expressway.
About 15 major property players were said to be eyeing the contract. Among them are Hong Leong Properties Bhd, Talam Corporation Bhd, MK Land Holdings Bhd and Berjaya Land.
The existing site has to be relocated because of traffic congestion in the area and unsuitability of the land for horse racing.
STC has been located on a tin mining land with a 90-year lease in Sungai Besi since 1993 when it moved from its previous Jalan Ampang site.
The previous location at Jalan Ampang is now occupied by the Petronas Twin Towers, a hotel, retail and residential, recreational and entertainment facilities. The Jalan Ampang land was bought by businessman T Ananda Krishnan.
SSC Forumers found that there has been a proposal to move the club to somewhere else. But more interestingly, we found that there was a MEGA-proposal to redevelop the present Turf Club location to something we as Malaysians would never thought of.
It could be Malaysia’s tallest building when built (in reality), yes no kidding – 108 storeys that would easily topple our beloved 88 storeys Petronas Twin Towers!
Right now it’s merely a dream, a vision LOL!