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SINGAPORE – A household was barred from having dinner at the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) on Friday (November 23), rubbing a discussion about private club policies here, some of which do not allow household workers in their premises.

On Monday, November 26, freelance actor Nicholas Bloodworth told a Facebook post how his family, along with his brother's housekeeper, Mary, had gone to a restaurant at the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC) on Friday for dinner, just to find out about an employee that "they do not allow maids here".

According to Bloodworth, 33, the staff said that maids were not only banned from eating places but the entire premises at SCC. He also claimed that the staff told him that Mary had to wait in the parking lot.

Bloodworth claimed that when the staff were asked how to know that Maria was not a family member, he said, "I will know."

Bloodworth added that his father, a club member, had requested to sign Mary as a guest but that this had not been permitted. Eventually, the family had a quick meal in the restaurant and packed some food for Mary, who took Mr Bloodworth's niece for a walk outside.

Although Mary took the event in his controversy, Bloodworth, who is not an SCC member himself, said that he was "furious" about what happened and that his father was "particularly upset".

He wrote: "If you (SCC) have this kind of policy, why are not you open and crystal clear about it."

He called the "good old discrimination" policy, he added: "I believe in personal choice. If you want to be part of a club that has dubious archaic methods, it's not my place to tell you to do anything else.

"As long as nobody gets injured and the rules are fair, your time and money is yours to spend as you fit … But that was not fair.

"It was not fair for Mary, who works hard and sacrifices like everyone else, to be deprived of having dinner with the family."

Netizens were divided into the matter. While some of them criticized the employees' actions, several others felt that the club was entitled to prevent Mary, with some noting that the SCC's statutes indicate that girls are not allowed in the premises.

A check of SCC's statutes revealed a clause saying: "No household suppliers or drivers may enter the club's premises or use any of the facilities in the club."

Confirming this, Bloodworth told The Straits Times on Tuesday that his question was not with the statutes in itself, but rather with such information was not clearly stated on the club's website.

"Who is going to read basics? I'm okay if you have such rules … but if I check your site and they are not listed there … that's not right," he said.

"Are they afraid of backlash?" Because this is the backlash now, "he said, adding that he did not require a boycott of SCC, but that the club would be more sincere about the no-maid rule.

But he said he intends to "never get into the club again".

SCC is not the only club here with such policies. The Tanglink Club Statutes explicitly state that household workers are not allowed at the club's premises. The same applies to The British Club's laws, except when girls participate in a function organized by the club for them.

A spokesman for the British club said the policy was introduced "recently" because some members were not comfortable to have girls around. The spokesman added that it may be crowded at weekends, and policies can help alleviate this issue.

The spokesman added: "We do not mind (maids), it's just that some members are not comfortable."

Other clubs have a little more relaxed policy.

The Dutch club's statutes indicate that girls may only be allowed in certain exceptional cases.

For example, girls are allowed if they are accompanied by members during special private events if they participate in classes specially organized for them at the club or if the members can not accompany their children who are at least three years old who participate in the classes at the club on weekdays.

The American Club usually requires girls to be logged in and accompanied by members all the time, except under special circumstances.

Some other clubs, such as The China Club Singapore, have no such policy.

ST has contacted SCC for comments.

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