PENANG, MALAYSIA — The BMW Car Club Singapore is currently facing criticism for occupying the entire Second Penang Bridge with their convoy last Friday (9 June).
The car club issued an apology on Sunday regarding the incident.
On Friday, a Facebook page called “We are Malaysians” shared a video showing the convoy, clearly demonstrating that the car club not only occupied the two lanes but also the emergency lane of the Second Penang Bridge (also known as the Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge).
The group of luxury cars was observed driving slowly and obstructing traffic.
The post wrote: “BMW Car Club Singapore, Mega Meet at Penang. Blocking the whole bridge, causing traffic jam of 1 hour plus.”
All BMW drivers involved were investigated for obstructing traffic, and summonses issued
The incident drew the attention of the South Seberang Perai District Police Headquarters, who issued a statement confirming their awareness of the incident.
DSP Mohd Norazmi bin Abd Ghapari, the South Seberang Perai District Police Chief, further revealed that the investigation showed the incident occurred on 9 June at 12:30 PM, starting from KM3.8 in Batu Kawan, Simpang Ampat (opposite Penang Island) and heading towards Batu Maung.
“The police have confirmed receiving a report regarding the incident, and a case file has been opened under Section 1959 of the Traffic Act, specifically Section 16 (1) LN 166/59, for obstructing traffic,” stated DSP Mohd Norazmi.
He also mentioned that on Sunday afternoon (11 June), all the drivers of the luxury cars involved in the incident reported to the police headquarters and were issued summonses.
“The police will not compromise with any party that commits traffic offenses,” reiterated the police chief.
BMW Car Club Singapore apologised
On the other hand, the BMW Car Club Singapore also issued an apology on their page, acknowledging the mistake that was made and assuring everyone of their unwavering commitment to cooperate with local authorities.
“We have taken full responsibility for the recent oversight by working closely with the local authorities as soon as we heard of the news. Rest assured that we have rectified the situation and investigation is now closed.”
The club promised to implement additional measures to enhance its processes to ensure better control.
“We are committed to continuous improvement and are actively reviewing our plans to prevent similar occurrences in the future.”