Police have launched their investigation into the organisation of the botched Melaka International Century Ride 2016 (MICR) following a public outcry over the event which was cancelled at the last minute without any refunds.

Malacca Police Chief Datuk Ramli Din said the investigation paper was opened under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating after receiving three reports against the organiser.

“The organiser will be summoned to have his statement recorded over the issue,” said the Police Chief.

It was estimated that the organisers would have collected more than RM390,000 in registration fees from over 3,000 participants whom did not receive a refund on the cancellation. However, the organiser cited lack of funds despite the amount collected for the event in its third edition.

MICR Event Director, Azmar Ab Hamid confirmed that he has been summoned to the state police headquarters in Bukit Beruang here today to have his statement taken. He denied that he had cheated the participants and said he would leave the matter to be investigated by the police.

“If I really had cheated them, then surely I am rich now. Instead, I am now in a miserable situation due to the cancellation of the event,” said Azmar.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron had previously pledged the state government’s support for the participants, and urged them to lodge reports and the authorities to take action.

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