By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
MALAYSIA’S largest automotive event, Malaysia Autoshow 2020, has been postponed to July due to Covid-19 fears. The organiser, the Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) sets July 2-5, 2020, as the new date from the previous April 9-12.
The venue remains at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang.
“Taking various factors into account, MARii has decided to postpone the Malaysia Autoshow 2020 as a measure to safeguard the event’s participants, exhibitors and potential visitors due to the recent global Covid-19 outbreak,” it said in a statement yesterday.
The Malaysia autoshow joins the growing list of disrupted sports and music events across the world due to the virus outbreak.
One of the world’s largest automotive events, the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS), has been cancelled after Switzerland banned events of more than 1,000 people until at least March 15 to curb the virus from spreading further.
The GIMS, which was due to be held from March 2-15, attracted over 600,000 officials and car enthusiasts last year.
The organiser said tickets already purchased for the 90th edition of the GIMS will be refunded.
The Swiss’ banning of public events of more than 1,000 people also caused the country’s oldest and largest watch show, the Baselworld, to be postponed to January 2021.
The Baselworld was to be held from April 30 to May 5, 2020.
Upcoming sporting events that are at risk of cancellation include the Euro 2020 football tournament and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Euro 2020 final match will be held at Wembley stadium in London in July.
Many other events in Europe are also hit by the Covid-19 concerns including the Milan fashion week.
Designer Giorgio Armani held a closed-door fashion show and live-streamed the event across its social media platforms amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in Italy.
The reported number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing rapidly in Italy, Iran and South Korea, putting more threats to many other events around the regions.
Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended the entrance of pilgrims for umrah activity and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque as a proactive preventive measure to prevent the arrival of Covid-19 to the kingdom.
The measure is expected to affect thousands of Muslims in Malaysia who have prepared for umrah earlier.