Below is quoted from Edwin’s email, addressing an issue on consumption of food. Please be informed that SMCRM members should be following this as well.
Recently, there has been some concern and feedback regarding the consumption of food in the venue. We generally view eating to be a harmless activity, and we are tolerant of players who have to eat because of the odd timings of our sessions. However, we agree that eating food bare-handed and playing mahjong at the same time is an inconsiderate behaviour. The most obvious reason is that this leads to dirty mahjong tiles (and tables and chairs and the floor) and which would cause discomfort to many other players.
Let me outline the principles for allowing food to be consumed at NSSCC SMC sessions.
a. We allow people to eat food at NSSCC SMC sessions. It is insensible to starve yourself just to play mahjong.
b. We do not want our mahjong tiles to become dirty. It is time-consuming and troublesome for us to keep cleaning the mahjong tiles.
c. We also want to keep our environment as clean as possible.
1. Players should assure that their hands are clean when they play mahjong at NSSCC SMC.
2. Food can be eaten during breaks or before and after the session. If such food was eaten using bare-hands, players should wash their hands before playing mahjong.
3. Food can be eaten during games if this does not involve bare hands. This includes candy, chocolate, food wrapped in plastic/foil/wrappers, and which are generally fuss-free and relatively non-oily and non-sticky.
4. If the food could potentially lead to messy accidents, then it should not be consumed while playing the game. This includes most full meals such as packed rice (economical rice, chicken rice etc.) and noodles (economical noodles), or food like rojak (sweet, sticky sauce) will be frowned upon. By all means, you can eat such food during breaks, but just not during games.
Note that players should also consider the same caution for drinks as well.