Civil servants and British colonialist of Edwardian times would have frequented the Royal Selangor Club, the half-timbered pastiche of a Home Counties golf club on the west of Merdeka Square, that was once known as the Spotted Dog in honor of a resident Dalmatian.
It remains a members-only bar. 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. (i.e. private schools). Nowadays it’s wealthy Indians rather than Britons that are privileged enough to come here.
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