KUALA LUMPUR: The Tour of Langkawi this year will prove to be a major logistics job with a massive daily movement of over 1,450 people including competitors, race officials and event personnel from one location to another.
There are about 400 foreigners including riders and their team officials among the over 1,450 persons who will be on the move daily, said Kamal Shafii, Executive Director of First Cartel Sdn Bhd, the organisers of the race.
He said that large group of people involved in the Tour were the media who numbered 111 46 foreign and 65 local journalists. The TV production crew from RTM, VTV UK, Sft and ABC Australia amount to 190 people.
The police are among the most important officials of the Tour. They not only ensure the well-being of the riders but also make sure everyone makes it safely to their destinations, Kamal said.
A total of 188 policemen, including outriders from Bukit Aman will be on duty throughout the Tour.
Other uniformed bodies involved this year are the Fire and Rescue Department, FRU and Army Medical Unit. In addition, 240 volunteers have signed up to help.
They will be spread out to work with the 26 departments. The various departments will be led by 50 First Cartel staff.
More than 570 vehicles, including cars, lorries, buses and motorcycles, will be used this year.
Proton cars of various makes, including Perdana, Waja, Wira and Juara, will form the bulk of vehicles in the Tour convoy. For TV production purposes, several helicopters and a light aircraft have been mobilised.