News: Govt takes over Raffles Country Club despite possible delay in HSR

Aug 2, 2018

The Raffles Country Club opened in 1988 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in Singapore. Source: Tourmet.com

The local authorities recently took ownership of Raffles Country Club’s land despite the possible postponement of the Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR), reported TODAYonline.

The government “took site possession of Raffles Country Club’s land on 1 August 2018”. But a temporary license has been granted to the club from 1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019 so it can use some of the existing facilities there including the clubhouse to “facilitate the winding down of its operations and disposal of assets,” said a spokesperson from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).

More: Govt To Acquire Raffles Country Club Land For HSR

The Singapore government had said in January 2017 that aside from Jurong Country Club, it will acquire Raffles Country Club to make way for the HSR’s facilities. The site will also be used for the western depot of the upcoming Cross Island Line (CRL).

Opened in 1988, Raffles Country Club is one of Singapore’s oldest golf courses. Raffles Country Club’s address is 450 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim. However, the authorities took control of it 10 years before the end of its 30-year lease in October 2028.

Malaysia’s new federal government also announced last month that they want to delay the construction of the HSR due to the country’s high debt of over RM1 trillion (S$335 billion). Initially, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in June that the mega project would be scrapped, but he later clarified that they intend to postpone it so that they won’t have to pay compensation to Singapore.

Furthermore, Malaysian economic affairs minister Azmin Ali said on Tuesday (31 July) that official talks with Singapore over the fate of the HSR could be held in “early August” as they’re quite busy with parliamentary matters.

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Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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