SINGAPORE - A petition to oust Raffles Country Club president Simon Yuen was deemed improper and disallowed at the club's annual general meeting (AGM) on Friday.
The Sunday Times understands that the vote of no confidence against Mr Yuen was called off at 11pm, after an hour of heated argument among some of the 150 members present.
Club member Willie Ong submitted a petition with over 150 signatories about three weeks ago, calling for a vote of no confidence against Mr Yuen.
The item was included on the AGM's agenda to be discussed under "Any Other Business". Members were informed of it in a club circular sent last Monday.
The circular states that Mr Ong was to be given time to explain why he had initiated the petition. This was to be followed by another member, Mr Loh Kum Chuen, who filed a motion urging members to reconsider the vote of no confidence against Mr Yuen.
However, on Friday night, neither Mr Ong nor Mr Loh got to speak. Members debated whether the vote of no confidence should be permitted and tempers started to fray.
The club's audit committee chairman Ho Chye Hoi took over as chairman of the meeting when the no-confidence vote came up for discussion after Mr Yuen had recused himself.
Mr Ho explained that the petition had not cited grounds for wanting to remove the club's president. That would not be fair to the club members who should vote on an informed basis, as well as to Mr Yuen, who could not prepare a response to it.