Malaysia’s ministry urged to issue permits for big bikes to foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) in Malaysia will propose to the Transport Ministry to issue special permits to foreign tourists who want to rent and ride high-powered motorcycles in the country.

Motac’s Secretary-General Datuk Isham Ishak said at present, foreign tourists are not allowed to rent and ride high-powered motorcycles even though they have the licence.

“I will send a proposal to the Transport Ministry’s Secretary-General for it to consider as one way to encourage more tourists to come to  Malaysia.

“Perhaps with this good initiative we can help foreign bikers come to Malaysia to rent motorcycles and ride along the roads in Malaysia, especially in the east coast and Borneo,” he said.

Isham was speaking to reporters at an event to post the ‘Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020’ logo stickers on high-powered motorcycles, organised by Motac and the DZ Big Bikes Club yesterday.

Meanwhile, according to DZ Big Bikes Club President Datuk Zailan Mohamed, this move will boost the economy, specifically the tourism industry.

He said it would also help people in the business of renting out big bikes as there would be increased demand from foreign tourists.

“It would be safer if they are given permits, especially in case of accidents,” he said.

At the event, more than 300 bikers from motorcycle clubs including from Singapore, Indonesia, Germany and the United Kingdom, will join in a convoy ride around the federal capital, especially to tourists spots.

Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (Motac) Secretary-General Datuk Isham Ishak at an event to post the ‘Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020’ logo stickers on high-powered motorcycles. PHOTO: BERNAMA