The Perak International Bike Week (PIBW) will be included in the 2018 Perak tourism calendar as one of the annual events to promote the state.
Perak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Communication and Multimedia Committee Executive Councillor (ExCo) YB Dato’ Nolee Ashilin binti Dato’ Mohamed Radzi said the international motoring event was seen to attract foreign tourists to Perak. “I see many international motorcyclists participating in this event,” she said.
“Not only from neighbouring countries of Thailand and Singapore, but also from Brunei, Indonesia, Australia and the United Kingdom. Their presence signifies the effect of the event in promoting Perak. Therefore, the state government supports this initiative, which also helps to boost the hotel industry,” she added.
PIBW 2017 is the brainchild of Kelab Bikers Perak (Apps Bikers), a motorcycling club, joining effort with ten other bike clubs. With the theme ‘Motor World Revolution’, this motoring event has received the support of the Perak State Government as well as the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (Perak).
According to programme chairperson, Azmi Hashim, this event was hosted in conjunction with the birthday of HRH Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah, officially celebrated in the state on the first Friday in the month of November (3rd November this year).
Besides, the three-day event was also in celebration of Visit Perak Year 2017, and it managed to attract an estimated 25,000 visitors.
Azmi continued, “As Perakians, we from Kelab Bikers Perak would like to show a sense of obedience to our ruler in conjunction with his birthday by organising a healthy motoring event. To mark this special occasion, bikers arranged their bikes and helmets to form the words ‘DAULAT TUANKU’ to show love to his royal highness.”
PIBW 2017 also served as a platform for youth to showcase their talent in safe riding as well as an avenue to identify young motorcycling talents, for example, Khairul Idham Pawi who hails from Kampung Gajah, Perak. Khailrul made Malaysia proud in the Moto3 category at the World Motorcycle Championships (MotoGP).
Of course, bringing together bikers who share the same interest and passion in motorcycles, PIBW 2017 was a great event for them to network and exchange knowledge. It was indeed an opportunity to foster deeper friendship among themselves.
The three-day gathering saw many side events lined up, including motorcycle competitions for categories of Best Bike / Best Custom Bike / Best Kapcai as well as a motorcycle-riding demonstration by the Malaysian Road Transport Department (RTD).
The highlight of the event was a leisure ride to Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah and a visit to the new Silveritage Complex in Ipoh. Also part of the programme were cultural dances of the major races in Malaysia, by Persatuan Kesenian Sebastiar Perak, Gabungan Sekolah JPN Perak and others.
At night, seven local celebrities took to the stage to perform. They were Yabang (Khalifah), Dwan (Olan), Afee (U-Topia), Ali (Lela), Zack (Massa), Nik (Putra) and Kensolo (Auraindrapatih). Each night attracted some 2000 visitors.
During the three days, there were exhibitors and vendors touting motorcycle-related products. Also, food trucks were available to help keep those hungry stomachs filled. To wrap up the Bike Week, a lucky draw was conducted and Ahmad Asrul Shaari was the lucky one to ride home a Modenas V15 motorcycle.
Image credit: Zarul Omar
Event: 1st Perak International Bike Week 2017
Venue: Bulatan Amanjaya, Ipoh
Date: 3rd – 5th Nov, 2017
Time: 10am – 12 midnight
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