Sack The Turf Club Committee Members Please!
Barely a month after the launch of live telecast of racing to the homes of Telelink account holders through ASTRO channel 501, the simulcasts have been severely curtailed. The telecasts began in early September, one year after a planned launch was aborted in 2005. Telelink account holders could watch races from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau "live" in the comfort of their homes. However, no "live" odds and dividends were displayed. On the final week of September, telecast of Hong Kong and Macau ceased with no reason being given by the broadcaster.
Then even the Selangor Turf Club races were cancelled from being broadcasted at the last minute. Now, it is learnt that the three Malaysian turf clubs have withdrawn permission for the live telecasts after suffering huge losses of revenue from gates, parking and rental of corporate boxes in the three weeks of the telecasts. Earlier, the Selangor, Perak and Penang turf clubs have granted ASTRO permission to telecast the races for a one-year trial period. Apparently, after a lot of hoo-hah, the HK, Macau and Selangor races will NOT be shown on Channel 501. Perak, Penang and Singapore races will be shown live.
Is this astute management by the turf club managers and committee members? If all turf clubs took that view, racing would have been severely curtailed in UK, US, HK, Singapore and Australia. Are turf clubs supposed to be profitable?? Are they in to promote racing or racing only in turf clubs?? Are you guys promoting racing and raising the standards, or just minding the club's business?? You guys should have been sacked way, way back... the cronyism, collusions, wink-wink,... sigh... too much already man... stop being a-holes, please!