The oldest and most prestigious club in Malaysia is under fire for putting up a notice that says 'maids, drivers, bodyguards and the like' are not permitted in the club, even as guests of members. Management of the 120-year-old Royal Selangor Club, which is fondly called the Spotted Dog, said the rule was to maintain decorum and dress standards in the club. Club officials said some maids wore flip-flops and dressed in casual T-shirts and ran errands for their employers at the premises. These practices had offended 'older members' of the club, who had asked the management to make new rules. Under the rules, enforced since last month, drivers must wait in the car park, while bodyguards lounge at a sitting room in the famous club. A lawyer who frequents the club said the new rules were against its liberal traditions. The Royal Selangor was once the centre of colonial life after being founded in 1884 by eight British colonial officers and a Tamil philanthropist. 'During the colonial era the club freely admitted Asians, Eurasians and European workers as members,' he said. The rule has naturally rankled those who are now left to cool their heels outside while their employers have fun inside. 'The rule is disgusting and it discriminates against decent ordinary people ... we are also human beings,' Indonesian maid Haryanti Ismail said outside the club. 'They should be ashamed of themselves.' The fiery local daily Malay Mail first highlighted the case of club member T. Francis, who alleged that officials ordered his maid to leave the club where the family had gathered last week to celebrate his daughter's birthday. 'Our maid was humiliated and so were we ... why can't she dine with us,' Mr Francis said. 'Isn't she a human being too?'