Penang tourism development, arts, culture and heritage committee (Petach) chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said they had received many requests from participants for the event to be cancelled or rescheduled.
“Many foreigners had registered for the event,” he said in a statement.
Yeoh said they wanted to ensure a safe and conducive environment for everyone.
“We hope the situation will recover very quickly and that dragon boat race enthusiasts can look forward to joining the Penang International Dragon Boat Festival in December.”
Earlier, it was reported that the Penang Chinese Girls’ School centennial celebration scheduled for this month had also been called off.
Over 10,000 students and alumni from all over the world were supposed to attend the three-day celebration culminating in a grand dinner expected to draw a huge crowd.
Another event which also fell by the wayside was the inaugural Experience Penang Coastal Run 2020 scheduled for March 15.