The Malacca government has denied responsibility and seeks an explanation for the eleventh-hour cancellation of the Melaka International Century Ride, a cycling event due to be held on October 30th.
Deputy Tourism, Coastal Development, River and Island Development Committee Chairman, Datuk Ghazale Muhamad said the event was organised by Myskill Media Sdn Bhd and like the two previous years, the state government only supports it logistically apart from providing safety to participants. Ghazale said he had asked the organiser to explain the cancellation.
“The organiser is allowed to use Malacca as the venue and we are not the main organiser of the event. The enrollment of participants, collection of RM130 entry fees and publicity is done by the organiser, not us,” said Datuk Ghazale.
Thousands of participants took to social media to complain following the last-minute cancellation of the event, announced by MyskillMedia on social media via Facebook. The organiser said that the event was forced to be called off due to unforeseen circumstances but participants could still collect their T-shirts and participation medals in Jasin on Saturday.
Participants of the 160km cycling event claimed that RM390,000 worth of registration money has been collected, and demands a refund. One unhappy participant has lodged a police report at the Batu Berendam police station.