The automobile association of Malaysia (AAM), as the official national auto-sports authority (ASN) and custodian of Malaysian motorsports with the international motorsports federation (FIA) will be holding a discussion forum and workshop on the mapping of a motorsports development blueprint for the country. This will be held at the auditorium of the department of museums Malaysia, at the Muzium Negara on November 20.

In moving forward, there is a need to push for significant development of the national motorsports scene in Malaysia, and AAM has formulated an initial blueprint to improve the national motorsports scenario, specifically the development and creation of a healthy and active motorsports industry that will lead to more properly organised, sanctioned, and accessible motor racing events held in a safe manner that will galvanise the development of a supporting industry and economy.

Whilst Malaysia has organised F1 for nearly 20 years, motorsports development has not moved in tandem with the hosting of such an international-level event. Hence, it is timely that we now address this need to chart a new order for Malaysian motorsports with a development blueprint. In light of the realisation that we can now jointly move things forward and execute the much-required changes, we are now united to conceive and conceptualise these changes for implementation.

Motorsport is not just a sport; it’s a catalyst for automotive and mobility technology developments. Due to its high engagement factor, it can be made very entertaining, serving as a valuable platform for awareness and promotions.

It is thus that the objectives of the Forum as listed by the AAM are:

    1. To present a handful of major development areas that need to be addressed, either by private or government sector, to further development the nation’s motorsports industry;

    2. Call-out and recruit new talents to join the creation of a new workgroup commission within AAM to follow-up on these developments;

    3. To show the racing license holders, affiliate clubs, affiliate promoters, and other affiliate partners that AAM is active, now changing within with a new movement on-board to truly represent motorsports in Malaysia both to the government and to the world;

    4. To get buy-in and mobilise grassroots support.

Major development areas that will be discussed are:

    1. Development of more racing circuits.
    a) Inspection of existing circuits and grade them.
    b) Construction of new racing circuits: One per year?

    2. Tax exemptions for sponsors and import.

    3. Better support from and interaction with the media.

    4. Development of independent organisers – to rope in small and club-level event organisers to AAM so as to assist them develop affordable, grassroots-tier events.

    5. Reduce participation costs.
    a) Equipment – tax exemption for helmet, HANS, fireproof racing suits, leather suits, etc
    b) Logistic support – Semenanjung, Sabah, Sarawak, regional.

    6. Appoint, employ, train, and develop next wave of AAM officials – stewards, marshals, commissions.

“AAM, as the national motorsports body, has over 1,000 competition license holders, and we want to get their feedback and ideas on reigniting the national motorsports industry”, said AAM vice-chairman Wan Zaharudin Wan Ahmad. “The main direction during the forum is to discuss the development areas and come out of it with a concrete action plan with personnel, work scopes, delivery dates, and budgets,” he added.

The motor racing license holders, being the actual participants actively involved in motorsports, would obviously be the best people with a cognitive point of view on the matter. “It is important for the genuine stakeholders to attend and contribute ideas to embrace the future of Malaysian motorsports,” AAM chairman Tunku Datuk Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha said.

The Malaysian Motorsports Blueprint Forum is strictly-limited to only motorsports clubs, event promoters and current competition license holders. Further Fforums will then be organised in the near-future to drum up further support and feedback from the rest of the industry that is involved in Malaysian motorsports.