The Royal Selangor Club Irreparably Damaged

Royal Selangor Club- Never a Dull Moment


It can now be revealed that efforts to unseat the current president of the Royal Selangor Club (RSC) -4 months into his tenure -and the orchestrated campaign to prevent an independent external audit of the clubs finances over missing monies is being led by a former president of the RSC and a journalist.

It is alleged that the ‘journalist’ -with the express knowledge and consent of the former president -‘tipped off’ customs-supplying customs with intimate details of breaches- unbeknown to the current president of the RSC.

That ‘tip off’ designed to embarrass the current president resulted in the recent raid on the club’s premises not long after the current president took office. The raid resulted in the RSC being fined for breaches of the customs act. It was an act designed to embarrass and pressure the current president into dropping any further investigation into the missing millions from the RSC’s finances.

What customs discovered in the raid were carry-over breaches of compliance issues and nothing new that could be attributed to the current administration of the RSC . Information provided to customs we are able to reveal came in the form of minute details only an insider informant with significant knowledge accumulated over time could have supplied them with.


A few weeks prior and in contravention of the Rules of the RSC’s constitution, the same individuals- aided by members of the former board- further initiated court action in an effort to injunct the president and his board from carrying out their duties at the club.

A desultory application, very poorly drafted and incomplete in its substance was presented to court prior to the applicants having exhausted all internal processes, procedures and remedies to resolve issues as is required under the RSC’s constitution.

To their credit the club’s legal representatives called on the presiding judge to recuse himself in light of a revelation the presiding judge is a member of the RSC. There could have been a potential conflict of interest or perceived/ actual bias situation If the judge had continued to sit in hearing the injunction. The judge in question recused himself.


The judge we are also able to confirm is a member of the RSC. He is not alone in his membership of what is clearly now a volatile and parlous situation any sitting judicial officer ought to avoid. Along with a number of other sitting and past members of the judiciary the judge remains a member of the RSC. More on the judge and the members who sought the injunction will be discussed in an upcoming article.


When contacted for comment, no one at the club at least at a board level was prepared to speak to us on the issues that appear to be dividing the 126 year old ‘high end of town’ club. The current stoush between members at the RSC and its new president is unprecedented in its 136 years history.


One person in the know, a decades old veteran of the RSC who spoke to us on condition of anonymity had the following to say about the present crisis at the RSC:

‘the new president and his board want to ‘clean the place up’. The matter in truth concerns the suspension of a very loud member of the RSC who once held a board position and does not like the current president. If this does not stop now it will end up in court where out of necessity things none of us want the rest of the world to know will surface. There is no smoke without fire”

He went further to suggest the following:

after dealing with the very serious and embarrassing issue of the misappropriation of monies – which members of the former board are desperately trying to stop-, the president will prune the membership.

He is being asked by some influential members quietly to get rid of the habitual drunks, the thieves, bankrupts, those whose characters are deemed unsuitable for continuing membership of the club under its constitution.

These include members with serious civil offences, criminal convictions and findings of credit made by courts against them. Findings that reflect their undesirable characters from civil suits which under the constitution disqualify them from membership of the RSC.  There are other undesirable members including bankrupts and former directors of bankrupted companies who have been allowed to remain in the club without challenge to their membership under previous administrations. The president must act to terminate their membership”.

“Those whose conduct has brought the club into disrepute must go at any cost”. The member continued.

“The president is serious about the reputation of the RSC . He has to be. He must be allowed to run his full term without interference of this kind. What has gone on in the past is like a circus. That culture of division must end.

The atmosphere at the RSC is tense and toxic. People do not trust each other. There is no sense of camaraderie or fellowship. Most members want the president to bring this unhealthy unlawful climate of belligerence to an end regardless of the consequences to those whose conduct, character and credibility do not meet the RSC’s standards as prescribed by its constitution. The president must prune undesirables from the RSC’s register or give up its Royal Warrant.

The present situation is clearly unacceptable. It is embarrassing to us all and has brought disrepute to the club, tainted its proud history and shamed all members including the Sultan of this state who is patron of the club.

He ended by saying “the president must act and act swiftly. It is within his powers to take whatever immediate and drastic steps are required to stem the damage and to clean the place up and to re write the RSC’s constitution. The constitution is a disgrace and outdated. It is within the president’s legal powers to do so.”


8 Responses to “The Royal Selangor Club Irreparably Damaged”
  1. IT.Scheiss says:

    My late uncle was a member of the Selangor Club and his membership was taken over by my aunt after he passed away.

    She has taken me to the Selangor Club for dinner or lunch several times and each time she complains how tacky the restaurant service is and your revelation suggests that there is more behind the tacky service than meets the eye of a visitor like me..

    Quite frankly, I never liked the Selangor Club’s colonial era dress codes, etc. when I can walk into any five star hotel dining room or any of the newer, more exclusive golf clubs dressed casually

    Well let’s see how this issue with the Selangor and Lake Clubs turn out.

    I’m a member of neither clubs, so it does not really concern me.


    • grkumar says:

      You are quite right. The club is a hang over from the colonial era although successive administrations have had little or no class sufficient for them to maintain those standards set by the British. It turned out later to be a snobs lair and spelled exclusive next to its name. Every country has its equivalent of the RSC. But with time and a fat bank balance and cash flow, the rats come to nest.

      The current president I must say won on a platform of change because it was quite obvious to some that all was not well in the clubs inner sanctum. And it hasn’t been for some time now. We have had a look at the accounts of the club from an external audit. There clearly has been a longer period of defalcation and misappropriation of the clubs finances. The current administration is fending off attacks from a group sympathetic to the ousted previous board because the previous board desperately wants to come back in or have a completely subservient board take over from the current. The y want a board that is subservient to them. That way the new board can shut down the investigation into the RSC’s finance.

      There are at least a dozen (in fact more) who by the constitution may not be members and must be removed from the clubs membership if the constitution is to be followed. These are members who have been sued in courts, who have been made bankrupts and are undischarged or who have remained whilst undischarged, who have had findings made directly or indirectly against their character by a competent court. They are by the constitution and the common la definition of the word not fit and proper persons to hold membership of the club. A former president fits into this category. Another is directing the assaults against the current president whilst suspended as a member. Thats how dysfunctional the club has become. The current president appears to be trying very hard. But it is an uphill battle for him. I know he has the benefit of very good legal advise.

      There is a similar investigation into the Royal Lake Club. There too large sums have found its way out to certain privileged interests fro within the club.

      I think the restaurants, food and beverage services have cleaned up their act. It is also the reason a group of the old presidency want to dislodge the current board only 4 months into their tenure. It appears they were collecting from the Chinese and Indian restaurants on the side.

      If nothing occurs at the level of the law, a police report is being completed which will attach the required evidence enough for them to bring charges.


      • IT.Scheiss says:

        Perhaps it may take a police report being lodged to bring about changes but when it blows up into the mainstream and alternative media channels, I wonder how many decent members will want to remain.


  2. The Iron Lance says:

    Why not start by removing the “Royal” imprimatur? Just call it the “Selangor Club”!


    • grkumar says:

      Removing the word “Royal” given by royal warrant is to cut ones nose to spite their face. Whats required is to charge and to remove those members responsible for its fall from grace. And the constitution allows for the removal of those who have been found by a court to have been dishonest in more ways than one, those whose conduct is not appropriate or befitting of members of the club, those with findings against them including those who act dishonestly.


      • The Iron Lance says:

        Then why haven’t these individuals been investigated & charged? This is not something recent, is it? From what you have written, things seem to have been “percolating” for quite a while now.

        Surely no one is above the law if wrongdoing is perpetrated?


      • grkumar says:

        Reporting and charging people for offences is the job of the club. Why we can only speculate. There are meetings and inquiries being held internally as per their rules to determine the appropriate steps to take. As to whether that warrants a charge in the end is up to the police. If they feel there is prime facie evidence to support a charge it is then up to them to proffer charges under an appropriate law for the offence.


  3. Raj.M. says:

    Clear the swamp from RSC.


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