Royal Selangor Club
The Royal Selangor Club is a social club founded in 1884 by the British as a meeting point for educated and high-ranking members of British colonial society. After indepence, the membership had also begun to include high-ranking Malaysian civil servants, judges, lawyers and important people in society. The club’s membership is primarily determined by high educational standard or social standing rather than race or citizenship.
The building is located adjacent to Merdeka Square. Initially the club is based in a small wooden building with an attap roof. It was then rebuilt in 1910 by A.B Hubback in Mock Tudor styling, with two additional wings on either side.
The building is only accessible to the club members and are not open to public. Entrance only allowed with the permission. However, there is no prohibition if someone wants to take the picture of the building..
The Royal Selangor Club was not spared from incidence. It has its fair share of flash flood and fire. Plans were made by the club to rebuild what was damaged. City Hall granted the reconstruction of the club’s new building in July 1978. The new wing, which was built in a similar Mock Tudor style as the rest of the club building, was constructed.
The club has organised various sport activities since its early years. The two most famous are cricket and Rugby. Merdeka Square had long been used by the Club for its sport activities before it was taken back by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall in 1987.
The club’s building is recognised as a national heritage building and institution, due to its relation with the country’s history. In 1984, the club was awarded a royal status under the patronage of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, who has voiced his support for the club’s preservation during its 100th anniversary celebration.
The building is accessible by public transportation.The nearest stations are Masjid Jamek LRT Station and Kuala Lumpur KTM Komuter Station.
Image by: William
The place generally operates
Daily: 8.00 a.m – 10.00 pm
However,some areas in the building has different operating hours.
There is no entrance fee for visitors. However, since the premise is member only, visitors are only allowed to enter only with the permission.
Hear From Others
The Royal Selangor Club is very strictly for members only, but we were given visitor stickers and shown around. It was all dark wooden panels and 1970s decor, but the building and the location was amazing.
The history of cricket in Malaysia and the Royal Selangor Club (RSC) are intimately connected. It resulted in a spurt of cricket in the Peninsula and more clubs, Police, Malayan Railways, Postal and Kilat entered the fray. Kilat Club was essentially a Malaysian team and won the shield six years in succession from 1962 to 1968 and even the Golden Jubilee competition of the trophy in 1975 and at one point, also fielded Lal Singh (who played for India in their debut Test at Lord’s against England in 1932).
I was allowed inside with special permission and given a tour of the magnificent facilities. Built in 1921, with Art Deco flourishes, this was the bar bar and café to go to for the British. Cricket used to be played by civil servants, mostly educated at top British Public Schools such as Eton, Harrow, Dulwich etc.
Merdeka Square is a square located in front of Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It is known as the square where the independence of Malaya was announced and where the Union Jack flag was taken down for the first time.