Royal Selangor Club bars closed after MCO violations

DBKL personnel at the Royal Selangor Club city centre clubhouse on Sunday.

KUALA LUMPUR: Royal Selangor Club bars have been closed at the Dataran clubhouse and the Bukit Kiara annexe after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) took action over complaints about the lack of social distancing.

A DBKL team cordoned off the Long Bar and Hash Bar as well as the Cellar, which was not in operation. The club management later closed the Pavilion bar in Bukit Kiara.

The action followed complaints that certain members were not observing physical distancing while having drinks at the Long Bar and Hash Bar. Photographs of revellers circulated on messaging apps led to complaints of “people flouting simple regulations”.

It was learnt that the club management would seek clarity over the closure of the bars from DBKL tomorrow morning. FMT is awaiting response from DBKL and club president Sylvester Devaraj.

The club posted a notice to members dated May 10 stating that the management had been advised not to open bars while the conditional movement control order was in effect. “As such, Hash Bar, Long Bar and Pavilion will be closed immediately,” the notice read.

The Verandah at the Royal Selangor Club

Food outlets at the Verandah, Chinese Restaurant and Coffee House would operate with limited menus from noon to 10pm “subject to compliance with social distancing and CMCO standard operating procedure”.

The RSC bars were reopened on Wednesday, 49 days after club activities ceased on March 18 following nationwide enforcement of the MCO.

Several members said the club should take disciplinary action against members who did not observe social distancing rules. One member who requested anonymity said the club security guards also had problems controlling a crowd on Friday.

Another member said irresponsible members had also circulated photographs of their merry making while having drinks, and had brought embarrassment to the club.

City Hall is expected to conduct surprise checks on other social clubs to ensure strict adherence to CMCO regulations.

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