Mayor: Vote, then go watch the race


PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur Mayor, Datuk Mohmad Shaid Mohd Taufek has called on city residents to perform their duty to vote early on March 21 and then go to the Sepang F1 Circuit to catch the Petronas Malaysian F1 Grand Prix action. 

Stating his support for Sepang International Circuit's (SIC) campaign, Shaid said it was very important for Malaysians to vote as well as to support the government’s F1 project by watching it live at the circuit. 

“With all the transportation facilities available and the assurance of smooth traffic flow, city residents can vote as well as enjoy the F1 race at the circuit,” he told reporters at the Dataran Merdeka after officiating the Malaysian GP Classic and Vintage Car Concourse 2004. 

Malaysians will go to the polls on March 21, which coincides with the Malaysian GP race day. 

Despite the clash, SIC has not budged from its target of attracting 120,000 spectators for the race. 

“I don’t think that a true F1 fan will want to miss the race. In fact, they need not miss the race at all. They just need to go early to the polling station,” he said. 

With a population of two million people, Kuala Lumpur holds the key to SIC's bid to secure a record attendance. 

The previous biggest turnout was 101,485 spectators for last year’s race. 

The ERL, which provides a high-speed train service from KL Sentral and KLIA in Sepang, is offering a special package of RM55 and free shuttle service to the circuit on race day. 

The trip from KL Sentral to KLIA takes just 35 minutes. 

The actual race, which runs 56 laps, starts at 3pm although other track activities including support races begin from 10am. 

Shaid said that Malaysia was proud to be chosen as one of the hosts for the glamorous event as there are many other cities around the world which desperately wanted the right to host the race. 

“India, Russia, Turkey and many others had made bids to organise F1. Shanghai and Bahrain were fortunate to be included this year. This is a world class event that we should be proud of to be associated with.” 

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