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The automotive world was recently shaken by a scandal among Japanese manufacturers which involved them falsifying test data. Among those caught in the mix was Yamaha, the only Japanese motorcycle manufacturer found to have done so.

Investigators found that Yamaha had falsified the sound emission test data for three models namely the YZF-R1, YZF-R3, and TMAX. The company has since halted the shipment of all models.

We reached out to the official Yamaha distributor in Malaysia, Hong Leong Yamaha Motor for clarification and was told that the issue only involved motorcycles for the Japanese market, hence local models are not affected.

Afterwards, the Yamaha Motor Company issued an official statement confirming that the issue does indeed involve Japanese-only models. Below the official statement, translated from Japanese.

“The issue recently announced in Japan does not affect overseas production units, Japanese domestic distribution only. The safety of the product has been confirmed, and (Yamaha Motor Corporation] YMC reports there are no concerns using the product with confidence. Yamaha takes incidents of inappropriate handling very seriously and offers our deepest apologies to our customers, suppliers, business partners, and all other stakeholders for damaging their trust in Yamaha Motor Co., LTD.”)

Yamaha Motor Company maintained that they did not falsify or alter the data concerning the safety aspects of their motorcycles.

A total of 15,705 fines were issued involving traffic obstruction offences in Operasi Hormat Undang-undang (Op HUU) conducted by the Kuala Lumpur Police over a seven-day period.

Head of the Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT), Assistant Commissioner Sarifudin Mohd Salleh said a total of 21,169 traffic summonses were issued in the same period.

“The highest were traffic obstruction offences amounting to 15,705 summonses, followed by parking on footpaths (1,102), no license (678), expired road tax (450), vehicle number not according to specifications (336), and stopping in the yellow box (29).

“In addition, there were offences of having no side mirror (248), no registration number (156), not affixing a P sticker (167), using a mobile phone (111), expired license (107), not fastening the helmet properly (64) and several other offences,” he said in a statement today.

Sarifudin also said that his party also carried out 137 traffic operations during the same period.

“A total of 38 individuals were arrested for various offenses during the implementation of Ops HUU while five motorcycles and a lorry were confiscated,” he said.

According to him, a total of 228 senior officers and 2,642 members of JSPT Kuala Lumpur were involved in the operation with the help of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Road Transport Department (JPJ) and Department of Environment (JAS).

Kuala Lumpur Police will continue Operation HUU until June 15.

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief, Datuk Rusdi Mohd Isa have said that the operation emphasises traffic offences such as obstruction, white lines, registration numbers, motorcycles, students, illegal parking, red lights, and mobile phones.

A trailer rammed 13 vehicles on Kilometer 21 of the BKE Highway heading to Baling, this morning. The accident caused at least 4 injuries among the drivers involved.

Kulim Fire and Rescue Station (BBP) chief, Assistant Fire Superintendent Hamizul Azwan Hamdan said his team received a call about the accident at 7.37am.

He also said that a team of nine members from BBP Kulim led by Zaidi Yaacob was despatched to the location.

“Upon arrival at the location, we found that there had been an accident involving 13 vehicles and four victims, including a woman who were rescued by members of the public before the fire department arrived.

“They were sent to the Kulim Hospital by ambulance for further treatment,” he said in a statement today.

Hamizul Azwan said that his members proceeded to clear the road and advised road users to avoid the area of ​​the accident.

There have been several serious accidents along the BKE (Butterworth-Kulim Expressway), including a fatal accident last May that involved a motorcycle being squeezed to the side by a lorry. The lorry driver’s actions caused the motorcycle to swipe the side of the lorry, and throwing the motorcyclist onto the road barrier. The rider died a few hours after receiving treatment at the hospital.

This route is often plied by heavy vehicles carrying goods between the industrial areas in Kulim, Butterworth, and Prai. So, our advice is to be careful when riding a motorcycle and driving on this highway.

When the subject of the price of goods in Malaysia comes up, the most “popular” question among Malaysians is why the price of fuel has not gone down, despite that being one of the pillars of the government’s manifesto during the last general election.

The situation appears to be more acute when the retail price of diesel has risen to RM3.35 per litre from midnight today (10 June 2024) compared to the previous RM2.15 per litre. The biggest concern among the common folk is the increase in the price of goods which may happen soon due to manufacturing and shipping costs.

That very question  of  “why fuel prices has not gone down” was raised by a Pakatan Harapan supporter to the Minister of Economy, Rafizi Ramli, during the Unity Mechanism Launch Ceremony for the Sungai Bakap By-Election yesterday.

Rafizi informed that the government has never canceled fuel subsidies including diesel that reached RM60 billion per year. Instead, the government is “diverting” the subsidies directly to the people.

He said that previously, the subsidy was paid to several petroleum companies every year, in contrast to the current government’s actions which will distribute it including to families who will receive from RM200 to RM500 per month.

“In the days when oil was priced at RM1.90, do you know how much the price of crude oil was at that time? Do you know how much subsidy the government had to spend? Just a little bit (because) at that time the subsidies were just RM3 billion out of a budget of more than RM200 billion.

Right now, the subsidy is RM60 billion as crude oil price is USD80 per barrel. I mentioned before (the price of fuel will be lowered) if the price of crude oil is low and the subsidy can still be delayed, so why do you want to remove the subsidy.”

“But when the subsidy reaches RM80 billion, it is not possible to build schools, it is not possible to raise wages and the subsidy causes the low prices is what the rich receive. Isn’t it better that we move the subsidy, not cancel it.

“‘Diverting’ the subsidy means that the subsidy will continue to be given. Public transport vehicles, small trucks, pickups, traders can all get it, even ordinary people with a salary of RM100,000 or less a year can enjoy it, or we distribute it to families so that they can get fuel subsidies every month of RM200, RM300, RM400 (or) RM500,” he said.

Rafizi also voiced his confidence that the people will be able to better see how the subsidy allocation is channeled to households instead of directly being paid to petroleum companies.

Previously, Rafizi had been reported as saying that the Government is expected to bear subsidies of more than RM100 billion a year if the world price of crude oil reaches USD100 per barrel, unless reforms are implemented to the subsidy system.

Our comment:

The problem is that unscrupulous suppliers will raise prices, causing shopkeepers to also raise prices with the excuse that “the price of fuel has gone up,” despite the subsidy will continue for some categories of commercial vehicles (pictured below). But will the government monitor the price of goods in the market?

 

A businessman lost nearly RM180,000 in motorcycle purchase scam on Facebook.

The 49-year-old businessman had wanted to buy seven Honda 110cc motorcycles with chosen number plates through the social media. According to Seremban Police Chief Mohamad Hatta Che Din, the victim made seven payments to an individual he did not know last May 24 to 28 with a total of RM179,376 for the purchase of the seven motorcycles.

“He later realized he was cheated after not receiving the promised motorcycle before making a police report.”

He advised the public not to easily trust those who offer to sell goods online at low prices and to immediately check to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

Cases of online motorcycle purchase fraud have been rampant for the past few years. There were also scammers who used the names and logos of well-known motorcycle shops to carry out their nefarious activities. We often found posts from these motorcycle shops that advised buyers to be more cautious, especially when making purchases online or through social media.

JDT Racing Team rider, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah will make an appearance with Team Kagayama at the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race which will take place at Suzuka Circuit from 19 to 21 July.

He will continue to ride the Ducati V4 R which he also campaigns with in the Asian Road Racing Championship (ARRC) this year.

The confirmation was announced by the JDT Racing Team in a post on their X account.

“Thank you to our patron Tunku Ismail, Acting Sultan of Johor for enabling collaboration and closed testing with Team Kagayama, who also represent the Ducati manufacturer for the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance Race this July.

“Riding the manufacturer’s Ducati V4 R machine. What an experience!,” said the team in its submission.

Hafizh who participated in the ARRC competition with JDT Racing Team this year has collected 45 points in the Asian Superbike 1000cc (ASB1000) class to be in third position overall ahead of the race in Motegi, this weekend.

As far as the last two rounds in Thailand and China, Hafizh has proven his performance with the Ducati Panigale V4R machine by winning two finishes on the podium.

The first time was at Race 2 Round 1 at the Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand in the middle of last March which saw him finish in second place behind Honda Asia-Dream Racing with Astemo, Andi Farid Izdihar.

That momentum was then taken by Hafizh to Race 1 Round 2 at the Zhuhai International Circuit, China last April when he crossed the finish line as the winner.

An 11-year-old boy was spotted by the police driving a car alone in Sibu. Following that, the boy’s father was fined by the police.

Sibu District Police Chief. Assistant Commissioner Zulkipli Suhaili, said the action of summons according to Section 26(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 was made after the child was successfully located at about 6.50 pm yesterday.

He said the child and his parents were taken to the Sibu Police Traffic Office for investigation.

“The results of the investigation found that the driver of the car, the boy in question, has autism and has a medical record at Sibu Hospital’s Psychiatry Specialist Clinic,” he said in a statement.

According to him, the police received information regarding a 30-second video that went viral on social media at about 3pm yesterday, showing the child driving a car alone on Jalan Kampung Nyabor here.

Red Bull Malaysia sponsors the three PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Racing teams in the PETRONAS MAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship.

The three teams involved are PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha 31 Racing, PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha CKJ, and PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor. All three racing teams competed in Round 3 of the prestigious PETRONAS MAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship 2024 from 1st to 2nd of June at PETRONAS Sepang International Circuit.

“At Red Bull, we are not just about energising the body, but also igniting the spirit of every individual who dares to push the boundaries of possibilities. This partnership with the PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Racing Teams represents more than just a fusion of logos; it represents a shared commitment to excellence, innovation, and the fiery spirit of competition,” said Andy Lee, Co-Country Director of TCP Red Bull Malaysia.

Here is a look at each team’s background:

PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha 31 Racing Team

Driven by three pillars – RIDE. RACE. LEAD. – the team aims to be one of the best racing teams not only in Asia, but also globally. Since their inception, the racing team strives to conquer races as champions of bringing the trophy home, embracing all communities, wellbeing, and competing with pride. PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha 31 Racing Team has received numerous accolades over 28 years of motorcycle racing, including the Overall Wira KBS Category Championship titles in the PETRONAS MAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship for four consecutive years.

PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha CKJ Racing Team

The team believes in always being ahead, never looking back. Comprising a squad of young talented riders, such as Afif Amran and Akid Aziz, who have clinched numerous Overall Champion titles at the PETRONAS MAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championships, the racing team remains steadfast in their mission to fuel sportsmanship and ignite team camaraderie on the track.

PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Motor Racing Team

Established in 1997 by former rider Yong Ying Hoe, is driven with a purpose of attaining exceptional outcomes. The racing team guards the record for the most significant number of championships clinched in the PETRONAS MAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship. With 5 competing riders this championship season, PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Maju Racing Team aims to leave a lasting impact on each track they compete on.

Special contest commemorating the partnership

As part of the partnership, Red Bull will soon be running a contest, offering two lucky winners a chance to each own a limited-edition Yamaha Y15ZR motorcycle exclusively signed by selected riders from the three PETRONAS Sprinta Yamaha Racing Teams. Stay tuned for more details by following Red Bull’s Instagram and Facebook pages or visiting the official website.

Red Bull Energy Sparkling launched

To commemorate this exhilarating new chapter, Red Bull introduced a new beverage series – Red Bull Energy Sparkling, perfect for young, active individuals seeking a light, invigorating energy boost.

Available in 250ml cans, the new series offers a delightfully fruity aroma, refreshing taste, is sugar-free, and comes in two exciting flavours: Pomelo and Apple & Muscat Grape. The Red Bull Energy Sparkling series will be available from RM3.10/can at major supermarkets and convenience stores.

The 2024 Vespa 946 Dragon was previewed as part of the celebration for Italy’s 78th National Day.

It combines the iconic, legendary, avant-garde, and an ancient tradition in this one limited-edition motorcycle, featuring several exclusive accessories such as a windscreen, matching rear bag and saddle material.

“We are truly honoured to be able to pay a part for the annual Italian Day in Malaysia and this year, we managed to preview the limited edition 946 Dragon. The 946 is truly an Italian art piece from the iconic Vespa range,” mentioned Mr. Rewi Hamid Bugo, Chairman Didi Group.

The Vespa 946 Dragon made its debut as a dedication to the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong, on 24 January 2024.

As a collector’s edition, the Vespa 946 is reimagined in a golden hue, emblazoned with a vibrant emerald green dragon motif that swirlds around the livery, embodying the fierce spirit of the scooter. There are only 1888 units available worldwide.

Other components such as the rims, handlebars and saddle are crafted with luxurious finishes in alternating and gloss satin gold.

The 2024 Vespa 946 Dragon is not all style, but is also the most advanced Vespa. The 150cc single-cylinder engine has electronic fuel injection, besides ABS and traction control as standard features. The lighting is LED all around, while the LCD dashboard presents pertinent riding data. The steel monocoque frame is combined with aluminium components, ensuring a lightweight yet strong and durable combination.

It is available at Motoplex Petaling Jaya, Motoplex Sungai Buloh, Motoplex Butterworth, and Motorplex Johor Bahru from RM 103,888.

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There is much excitement surrounding the inevitable launch of the CFMoto 675 SR, including its inline-four engine. The Chinese manufacturer seems to be excited themselves, too, going as far as revealing this CFMoto 675 SR Aspar Special Edition Concept.

The bike has not been released, but this is a race edition which pays homage to Jorge Aspar Martinez. CFMoto’s Moto2 and Moto3 campaign in MotoGP are run by the Aspar team. They are enjoying their best season since arriving in 2022, with David Alonso winning four out of six Moto3 races and is currently leading the championship by 14 points.

Back to the CFMoto 675 SR Aspar Special Edition, it wears the number 5 made famous by Aspar when he raced in 80cc and 125cc world championships. The colour scheme of blue, white, and black colours also reflects the Aspar team’s.

Apart from the colour, the bike features several racing accoutrements such as large winglets, rear spoilers, brake cooling ducts, billet aluminium footpegs, billet clip-on handlebars.

The concept was revealed at the opening of CFMoto’s global racing and training academy at the Aspar Circuit in Valencia, Spain. The academy provides riders and mechanics training and links to the Spanish Championship to the MotoGP World Championship.

A total of 63 summons were issue to 53 motorcyclists, while 6 motorcycles were confiscated in an operation on the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) yesterday morning.

A total of 63 summonses were issued to the 53 riders, while the majority of seized vehicles involved those ridden by foreigners.

Ampang Jaya District Deputy Chief of Police, Superintendent Nazruel Ekram Abu Saare, said the operation started at 7.30 in the morning by a team from the Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division (BSPT) of the Ampang Jaya District Police Headquarters (IPD) on the motorcycle route.

“The motorcycle operation is aimed at weeding out road users who do not comply with traffic rules.

“The summons thatwere issued involved common offences including no driving licence, expired road tax, registration number not in accordance with specifications, no side mirror, and modified exhaust,” he said.

Nazruel said, his party also seized six Yamaha Legenda, Yamaha Y15ZR, Yamaha 135LC, and a Honda Wave.

He said, action was taken in accordance with Section 64(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and Section 6(4) of the same act.

“Of the total of confiscated motorcycles, five were ridden by foreigners and the other one was ridden by a local due to the offence of modifying the exhaust.

“Motorcyclists are the major contributors to accident statistics every day, therefore it is advised that all motorcycle users in particular comply with the rules set for example wearing a helmet properly and certified by the Malaysian Industrial Research and Standards Institute (SIRIM Berhad),” he said.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The authorities often overlook helmets with the approval of the ECE/UN R22 standard, although the authorities were the ones who approved the importation and sale. We have posted an article on this issue before but we will post it again to avoid confusion.

The official crash investigation report regarding the two TLDM (Royal Malaysian Navy) helicopter was released today.

The main factor that caused the accident was identified as of one of the aircraft was not at the specified altitude and course. The Fennec helicopter had entered the path of the AW139 helicopter which caused both to collide and crash.

The crash claimed 10 lives last April 23, at the TLDM Base in Lumut, Perak.

TLDM’s statement also mentioned another factor called channelized attention which caused the crew to on their course which limited their ability to react quickly to avoid a collision. (Note from the author: This factor also often occurs among motorcyclists and drivers called ‘target fixation.’)

“The Board of Inquiry carried out an investigation to identify the cause or factor that contributed to the incident in various aspects.

The investigation had studied all aspects that could potentially result in the accident.

“This included recreating the flight profile on the day of the incident by simulating that profile using a flight simulator as well as a real aircraft.

“In addition, assistance and views from Airbus Helicopters are also taken into account if there is data on the Fennec aircraft equipment that can help the investigation.”

According to report, after a comprehensive investigation, the Board of Inquiry found that the post-mortem report confirmed that there was no issue of ‘hypoglycemia’ (lack of glucose concentration in the blood) or fatigue for all the aircrew and no use of prohibited substances.

“In addition, no element of mental illness was recorded or identified with all the aircrew involved and they were medically certified as ‘fit to fly’.

“The deaths of all 10 victims were caused by multiple injuries due to aviation crash.

“The AW139 aircraft was confirmed to be free of technical problems based on the Black Box Analysis Report. The Fennec aircraft also did not have any technical problems based on the visual and sound analysis and documentation. The maintenance work of both aircraft was confirmed to be carried out in accordance with the procedures and routines set by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).”

“Oil, lubricant and fuel samples have been checked and confirmed to be normal by the Defense Science and Technology Research Institute (STRIDE).”

In fact, the weather conditions on the day of the incident was good and suitable for the flight.

“The Black Box Analysis Report of the AW139 aircraft was also used to assist the investigation. As for the Fennec aircraft, the proof of the flight profile was through a flight simulation using a real aircraft.”

Cooperation, expertise and views from OEMs namely Leonardo Helicopter and Airbus Helicopter were also consulted to assist the investigation.

“Airbus Helicopter confirmed that there was no Non-Volatile Memory (NVM) equipment on the Fennec aircraft which could assist the investigation.” (Note from the author: Data recorders or better known as black boxes are not required to be installed in helicopters.)

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