Golf: RCC president Yuen under fire

Golf: RCC president Yuen under fire
RCC president Simon Yuen had announced controversial plans to upgrade the club’s Palm Course (above).

SINGAPORE - Members of Raffles Country Club (RCC) have signed a petition to remove club president Simon Yuen from his position at the annual general meeting (AGM) later this month.

Yuen's management had announced plans to spend up to $26 million on a golf course upgrade in May.

In the proposal details sent out to members ahead of a meeting that month, the club's general committee had said the Palm Course - one of two at the club - was in need of an overhaul and that the money was a justifiable investment for the rest of its existing lease, which runs until November 2028.

But the notice did not include the full contents of a letter sent by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) that same month.

It stated that lease extension talks would start before the end of this year.

The club's current lease still has 15 years and three months to run, but there is a chance the Government could take the site back after the term ends.

The SLA have urged the golf clubs to hold off on major development and recruitment plans for now.

Several members of the Tuasbased club are angry over the lack of disclosure, and questioned the timing of a vote to upgrade the course now, before the SLA have made their decision on an extension of the lease.

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