PETALING JAYA: The Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) are determined to embrace a more inclusive approach to governing motorsports in the country.
It has been just over a year since MAM took over from the Automobile Association of Malaysia, which were deregistered by the Sports Commissioner’s Office in 2018 due to various infractions.
There were fears that MAM’s links with the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) will lead to a monopoly of power within the Malaysian motorsports.
But their president Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir assured that they are doing their best to quell the apprehension.
“MAM’s main role is to ensure continuity in the implementation of standards set by FIA, FIM, CIK (world bodies for car, motorcycle and karting) and other governing bodies involved in motorsports, ” said Mokhzani.
“This covers many aspects but not limited to track safety, driver and rider licensing, sanctioning of events, promotion of events, liaising with the government and many others.
“Our approach may be different from our predecessor’s but the implementation of those standards are the same. In fact, some say we are more lenient.
“MAM have only been working as the sole sanctioning body for a year compared to our predecessor.
“We want to be more inclusive and less confrontational with an aim to make entry into (motorsports) and participation in motorsports easier, less expensive, safer and more sustainable.
“We welcome input from all those who wish to get involved but hope that everyone respects each other in the process, ” said Mokh-zani.
He stressed that while MAM are new in their role as the sanctioning body for Malaysian motorsports, they do not lack the necessary experience to carry out their duties.
“We have personnel who have years of experience and involvement in motorsports, past and present, ” added Mokhzani, who served as SIC chairman for 13 years from 2003-2016.
MAM also promoted eSports and launched their own e-racing championship during the initial movement control order earlier this year.