Tanglin Club fails in bid to quash $50k payout

Tanglin Club fails in bid to quash $50k payout

SINGAPORE - A woman who suffered "humiliation" when she was dropped from her post at the Tanglin Club will get to keep her $50,000 damages payout after a bid to quash it in the High Court failed.

Ms Angela Loke, 63, was left distressed and embarrassed after she was removed from her position as magazine and website convenor.

She was awarded the damages after going for arbitration, a legal process for settling disputes out of court.

But her opponents launched a High Court bid to overturn the decision. They claimed that the arbitrator was biased because he had once joined the club but had his membership terminated.

Now, Justice Chan Seng Onn has dismissed the club's application and ordered it to pay the costs of the hearing.

The dispute began in 2008 when Ms Loke got into a number of disputes with then-club president Philip Beng.

Despite serving on its committee, she claimed she was not given a portfolio. And only three months after she took the post, she was dropped following a reorganisation.

She asked for an explanation from Mr Beng but her request was refused.

Her name was then omitted from two issues of the organisation's magazine.

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