Golfers pleads Guan Eng to intervene Bukit Jambul Country Club fiasco
Following the dispute over the Bukit Jambul Country Club management decision to require golfers to use payable electric buggies on its 18-hole golf course, the members staged a demonstration and pleaded Penang CM, Lim Guan Eng to intervene and resolve the issue.
Ho also said that the management set off the water sprinklers at the green today to prevent them from walking.
He also stressed that they are mulling take legal action against the management if the issue remained unsolved.
Many aggrieved members feel that such requirement to pay for electric buggies are unfair as they are already paying a regular fees to the club.
Bayan Baru parliament coordinator, Por Joo Tee said that the issue started from a notice saying that the golfers privileges of walking has been cancelled.
Por also added that during professional golf tournaments the golfers would walk to the selective holes instead of using buggy.
Komunitikini earlier tried to reach Bukit Jambul Country Club management for a response but the Chief Operating Officer, Johnny Khoo said that response can only be given once the management company CEO, Dato’ Eiro Sakamoto arrives from Kuala Lumpur later today.
Bukit Jambul Country Club is a subsidiary of Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and is currently managed by Taiyo Resort (KL) Berhad.
Source: Source: Komunitikini
Thugs or Guards from Metro Security?
Management and members take swings at each other over buggy rule
By TAN SIN CHOW email@example.com, Friday 10 Feb 2012
GEORGE TOWN: The “clash” between disgruntled members and the management of Bukit Jambul Country Club has escalated with both parties lodging police reports against each other.
It all started when some 100 members voiced their displeasure over the compulsory buggy-use rule at the golf club, effective Feb 1.
A 59-year-old member lodged a police report on Feb 3, alleging that the club’s security guards had verbally abused him and several others at the golf course on that day.
He also claimed that the guards had prevented them from walking on the course and verbally abused them.
On Feb 2, more than 100 disgruntled golfers protested at the club over the new ruling that made it compulsory to use a buggy.
The golfers said the ruling was not suitable due to the way the course was built. It was designed for golfers to walk around the course and was not intended to be a buggy course.
They also complained about the increase in the buggy rental rates from RM22 to RM37 for the first nine holes.
Yesterday, Club managing director Datuk Eiro Sakamoto said they lodged a report with the Sungai Nibong police station yesterday to deny the allegations.
“The club had carried out its own investigations and found the allegations to be untrue,” he said at a press conference.
“The 50-odd disgruntled club members had violated club rules by teeing-off without registering. They also did not use the buggies as required.”
Eiro said there was no such right as walking on the course, adding that the security guards had approached them in a polite manner but were instead insulted.
“We are legally allowed to implement the buggy-use rule in accordance with club rules. An overwhelming majority of the 2,800 club members are happy with the rule.”
He added that a complaint had since been lodged with the club’s disciplinary committee.
“I wish to stress that this is a proprietary club, not a member’s club,” he said, adding that displeased members “have the freedom to leave”.