Newcomers win big in SRC election

Newcomers win big in SRC election
A new committee takes up the reigns at the Singapore Recreation Club
The newcomers mounted an election campaign using glossy brochures with a drive for greater efficiency at the SRC and to improve the club's image.

SINGAPORE - A largely new management committee has been swept to power at the 131-year-old Singapore Recreation Club (SRC) in a keenly fought election.

While longstanding incumbent president Johnny Goh was re-elected in Saturday's election, nine out of the 12 positions went to members of a new team.

Several candidates on Dr Goh's team failed to win, including the next three in the pecking order.

The newcomers mounted an election campaign using glossy brochures with a drive for greater efficiency at the SRC and to improve the club's image.

They also pushed for greater involvement by members in club management and to boost the value of SRC memberships.

The club sits on prime land at the Raffles City end of the Padang, with the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) at the other end.

SRC memberships are worth $6,500 while the SCC commands memberships of $19,000.

The election attracted the largest voter turnout since 2008 with over 1,200 members showing up for the annual general meeting at the Raffles City Convention Centre, including 898 eligible voters.

Dr Goh, 75, kept his 20-year hold on the top post by a 95-vote margin over rival Frederick Siow, 64, but new vice-president Sarbjit Singh, 55, scored the highest number for a single candidate, garnering some 553 votes compared with 277 for the incumbent, Captain Francis Koh, 73. Dr Singh is a renowned orthopaedic surgeon.

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