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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7, 2015:

Plans to turn the Royal Selangor Club’s golf course into a huge public park is merely a preliminary suggestion, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan says.

The Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, in a Facebook post, clarified that his ministry would carefully examine the viability of this idea.

“I believe there is still a long way to go before such a proposal can materialise.”

The Kota Belud lawmaker said “some confusion arose” following his announcement on Monday, adding that reactions on social media were mixed.

He went on to stress that the idea to turn the golf course into a public park, akin to Central Park in New York City was mooted by the public during the World Habitat Day 2015 celebration.

Reiterating that he understood the nostalgia and history attached to the golf course in the heart of the capital, Abdul Rahman said there was nothing wrong in considering the recommendation put forward by the general public as part of the public discourse for more public parks in urban areas.

“As far as my ministry is concerned, we need to keep an open mind while allowing the conversation on creating more green spaces for urbanites to take place.”

Abdul Rahman had on Monday said the National Landscaping Department would meet the owner of the club soon to discuss the matter.

The Royal Selangor Golf Club was set up in 1893 and is among the oldest golf clubs in Asia.

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