The ministry trying to minimize the budget in organizing this most prestigious seven stages tour in Asia. One of the initiative is to search local suppliers, local services and also local expertise to run the tour. This initiative is a great effort by ministry which have limited budget (lower than previous edition) but still in making sure this edition will be greatest ever LTdL since 1996.
The ministry appoints local expertise to head many of departments in their organizing committee, allocates local suppliers to supply their products and gives local companies to provide their services to strengthen the needs of 1Malaysia spirit.
The freaky aspect in this edition, technical expertise/consultant/whatever still hired outsiders expert to provide the service! That service specifically for electronic timing, result and photo finish services. As we know, in Malaysia we have two companies which can provide that service. One of the company have an exactly and maybe up to date devices, better than that foreign company. But none of them were asking to have a presentation or give any chance to promote their expertise in front of the committees.
what did they do in our tour?
This matter seems too simple for LTdL'10 technical expertise/consultant/whatever, but he/she/they should looking this matter in many specific aspect. Firstly, the tour can save a lot of their budget for paying local company instead burn a lot of RM for the service that local company can give more even better (the company LTdL hired for that kind of service already received complaint from previous LTdL President Commissaires and many comlaints from others tour organizers in Asia). Secondly, whether if this local company will experiencing their first tour, it is an appreciation for the company to give their best for the sake of 1Malaysia spirit. Thirdly this is our tour, Malaysian tour, this is the time for Malaysian to prove to the world that we can stand by our own leg in organizing LTdL, the most celebrating tour in Asia. We did not want outsiders expertise anymore.
expert from the outer space
Perhaps, the organizing committee will do their homework in details and longer duration to making sure their vision "Local goes Global" will be happen next edition of Le Tour de Langkawi (if UCI satisfied and still give a green light to Malaysia to organize LTdL) by allowing local experts to show their expertise.
P/s: "Jangan kerana nila setitik, rosak santan sebelanga"
"Janganlah kudis lama, berdarah kembali..Janganlah sehingga kudis baru ini akan menjadi tokak"