In 1950 the city of
Kuala Lumpur began requiring clubs of all kinds to register with the
city. While a common theme of hashing is "there are no rules,"
this club registration was the original rules.
1. This Association shall be
known as the Hash House Harriers.
2. Its place of meeting shall be at any club or premises in Kuala
Lumpur at which permission to meet has been obtained, and its
address for correspondence shall be at 633 Circular Road, Kuala
Lumpur, until further notice.
3. Its objectives are:
(a) to promote physical fitness amongst its members
(b) to get rid of weekend hangovers
(c) to acquire a good thirst and to satisfy it with beer
(d) to persuade the older members that they are not as old as they
4. Membership is open to all
male persons who are interested in taking part in a weekly cross
country paper chase.
5. A person wishing to join the Association submits his name and
address to the Hon. Secretary and is thereafter considered to be a
member until such time as he notifies his intention to resign or
ceases to pay his subscriptions as they become due.
Entrance Fees, Subscriptions and Other Dues
6. No entrance fee is payable by new members.
7. Subscriptions are payable quarterly in advance at the rate of
$12.00 per quarter or at such other rate as the committee may from
time to time decide. New members joining during a quarter will pay
proportionately for the period between the date of joining and the
end of the quarter.
8. The Hon. Treasurer will notify all members as and when
subscriptions become due. If a member falls in arrears with his
subscriptions for more than three months, he shall be deemed to have
resigned and will not be entitled to take part in any future
activities of the Association. No legal action may be taken by the
Association against a former member for non-payment of his debts,
and any loss occasioned by failure of a member to pay his dues will
be borne by the remaining members.
9. The management of the
society is vested in a General Meeting of the members presided over
by the President. At least one quarter of the total membership of
the Society must be present at a General meeting for its proceedings
to be valid.
10. An Annual General Meeting will be held in February. At other
times a general meeting must be called by the President on the
request in writing of 10 or more members and may be called at any
time by order of the committee.
11. At least two weeks notice will be given of an annual general
meeting and of any other general meeting. The following points will
be considered at the Annual General Meeting:
(a) The previous year’s accounts and the Report of the Committee.
(b) The election of office-bearers for the following year.
12. A Committee consisting of the following shall be elected at each
annual general meeting:
A Vice President (To be called the Joint Masters)
An Honorary Secretary and Treasurer
The members of the Committee shall have power to co-opt additional
committee members or to elect a new President, Vice President or
Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, in the event of the holder of these
offices being unwilling or unable to serve.
13. Committee meetings shall be held at such times as may be
considered desirable. At least seven days notice of such meetings
will be given to committee members. At least one Joint Master and
the Hon. Secretary and Treasurer must be present at a committee
meeting for its proceeding to be valid.
14. The duty of the Committee is to organize and supervise the daily
activities of the society and to make decisions on matters affecting
its running when the general meeting is not sitting. It may not act
contrary to the express wishes of the general meeting without prior
reference to it, and always remains subordinate to the general
15. The duties of the office
bearers are as follows:
(a) The President shall act as Chairman at all general and committee
meetings. He shall also represent the Society in its dealings with
(b) The Vice President shall deputize for the President in the
latter’s absence. It shall be the duty of the President and Vice
President as Joint Masters to count the numbers of runners at the
start of each meet and to ensure that all have returned to the
starting point before the remainder have gone home. On the occasion
of the “meet”, they will appoint two harriers to act as “hares” for
the ensuing meet.
(c) The Hon. Secretary and Treasurer shall keep all books and
records of the Association and shall be responsible for their
correctness. He shall collect all monies due to the Association and
shall disburse all monies payable by it. He will not keep more than
$10.00 in the form of cash and any money collected by him on behalf
of the Association shall be paid into the Association’s bank
account. Cheques for withdrawal from the bank will be signed by the
Hon. Treasurer. Full details of all receipts and payments will be
recorded by him in a Cash Book, the entries being supported where
possible by document and vouchers. It shall be the duty of the Hon.
Secretary and Treasurer to notify members in advance of the date and
starting place of each run.
16. Members who are appointed
as “hares” for a meet will arrange to supply the necessary liquid
refreshment and shall be entitled to recover from the Hon. Treasurer
the cost of all liquid refreshment, and shall be entitled to recover
from the Hon. Treasurer the cost of all drinks, cigarettes and ice
consumed. “Hares” will be held responsible for bringing mugs, bottle
openers, ice, cigarettes, beer, ginger beer, paper and haversacks to
the starting place and will hand over the non-consumable stores to
the “hares” for the following week’s run at the conclusion of the
17. Reasonable gaps in the trail may be left by the “hares” and
false trails may be laid at their discretion. Gaps and false trails
must not exceed 50 yards in length and should be considerably less
in belukar or difficult country. Scent should be sufficiently strong
to enable hounds to spend most of the time in following it and not
in wandering round in circles looking for odd scraps of paper.
18. “Hares’ are permitted to start 10 minutes before the time
scheduled for the hounds to move off.
19. Two persons not members of
the Committee will be elected as Hon. Auditors at each annual
general meeting. They will be required to audit each year’s accounts
and to present a report on them to the annual general meeting. They
may be required by the President to audit the Society’s accounts for
any period within their tenure of office at any date and to make a
report to the committee.
20. (a) Gaming and opium
smoking at the meets and the introduction of females and bad
characters on runs are prohibited.
(b) The funds of the society shall not be used to pay the fines of
members who have been convicted in court.
(c) Neither the Society nor its members shall attempt to restrict or
in any other manner interfere with trade or prices or engage in any
Trade Union activities as defined in the Trade Union Enactment,
(d) The Society shall not hold any lottery, whether confined to it
members or not, in the name of the Society or its office bearers,
committees or members.
Amendments to Rules
21. No alterations or additions
to the rules shall be made except at a general meeting, and they
shall not come into force without the prior sanction of the
Registrar of Societies.
22. In the event of any
question or matter arising out of any point which is not expressly
provided for in the rules, the committee shall have the power to use
their own discretion.
23. In this Rule, a “member”
shall mean anyone who is, in accordance with the Rules of Society,
entitled to vote:
(a) The Society shall not be dissolved, except with the consent of
not less than 3/5ths of the members of the Society expressed, either
in person or by proxy at a general meeting convened for the purpose,
or by postal vote.
(b) In the event of the Society being dissolved as provided above,
all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf of the Society
shall be fully discharged and the remaining funds will be
distributed in such a manner as may be decided by the majority of
the members at the general meeting convened for the purpose of
(c) Notice of dissolution will be given within 14 days of the
dissolution to the Registrar of Societies on Form A, signed by the