KOTA KINABALU: The Royal Sabah Turf Club (RSTC), one of Sabah’s oldest clubs, seeks to make horse race a new tourist attraction in Sabah.
Its chairman, Datuk Peter Chin said that the club has been upgrading its racecourse in Tambalang, Tuaran including the installation of the state-of-the-art Sportech Racing betting system, and building of a new turf track.
He said other upgrades include installation of four new cameras imported from Japan that cost around RM2 million. On top of that, he said that RSTC has signed an agreement with Hong Kong Jockey Club to telecast races in Hong Kong to RSTC.
“We are also importing at least 60 thoroughbred horses from New Zealand to participate in the thoroughbred races,” he told a press conference at the RSTC 2017 Annual Dinner at the Hakka Hall here yesterday.
According to him, most of the upgrades are completed, and once they are up and running, it will be another tourist destination.
“Even now, I get enquiries from tourists, therefore we will work with the authorities on the best way to bring the tourists there,” he added.
Earlier during the dinner, Chin also disclosed that the club headquarters will be shifted to the Runway Café building early next year, and it is in the final stage of negotiations with the authorities on its 13.269 acre of land in Tanjung Aru.
He also said that the club has also agreed to fund yearly medical check up to all its life and full members. Chin also presented contribution to 10 charity organisations.
Source: New Sabah Times