I don't know how many times exactly the plight of the UKRC padang had been highlighted by the Malay Mail over the past two decades. What was once the Paper That Cares, especially its editors Fauzi Omar and later Ahirudin Attan were very supportive of UKRC's efforts to save the field.
The padang was allocated for a primary school and 10 bungalow lots and then earmarked for a squatter relocation project. Throughout the years the UKRC committee spearheaded by Andrew Gopal had been tirelessly campaigning against the projects.
Last month they held the yearly friendly match against Malay Mail of old, read here, with my ex-boss Tony Mariadass as usual among the driving force. I too saw action, albeit briefly, on that padang in 2004 if I'm not mistaken, as I was substituted for a poor performance on the left-back position. I remember among those who played were Rocky himself, Yushaimi Yahaya, Rashid Yusof and Shamsul Akmar.
Well, I'm glad an activist like Andrew Gopal is finally given due recognition. He will be installed as the Olympic Council of Malaysia Sports Goodwill Ambassador this week! Read here.