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Leading Organiser Expelled From KL Tower BASE Jump

After 17 years of participating in and organising the KL Tower BASE jumping event, completing 925 BASE jumps from KL Tower, I was finally dismissed from the event for rectifying the insistent negligence of new KL Tower managers and their event contractor Aziz Ahmad that always led to preventable accidents each year. Standing up to their new force marketing practices for BASE jumpers families which resulted in a mass case of food poisoning for participants and their families, destroying their holidays within a couple of day, was also a contributing factor. KL Tower do not force the same things on their general visitors, so why do they treat BASE jumpers families so badly. Previously participant's families and personal crew were treated very well.

This is not the first time I have been removed from organising the event. From 2008 to 2010 KL Tower fully took over organising their circuit of BASE jumping events, effectively eliminating all standards, precautions, and safety related information. At the end of 2009 the KL Tower BASE jumping event manager was given a strong warning that if they continued to organise their events in such a naïve and reckless manner that serious injury and death would most certainly occur in the near future. With all warnings ignored there was a fatality of a very inexperienced BASE jumper on the very first day of their very next event at Alor Setar Tower BASE Jump 2010.

Warning

After the fatality and other near deaths on 2010, I was rehired in 2011 to bring back acceptable standards for the KL Tower BASE jumping event, and organise it in a more professional manner. This proved very challenging with other members of the organising committee having self interest in maintaining a level of negligence. Co-organiser Aziz Ahmad would continue to bring people with little or no experience to the event so that he could make money out of them by renting gear to them. They were all given little or no training or supervision, and all were guaranteed to get hurt. The results were the same as when this was done in 2008 with Aziz’s novice BASE jumper smashing into a building.

BASE Jumper crashing into Telekom Malaysia Building
Novice BASE Jumper with little or no training crashes into Telekom Malaysia Building in 2008

I stamped out Aziz's practice of bringing new novice BASE jumpers to the event after 2011. But Aziz's lax attitude towards participant safety continued to be a problem for the event with him always providing event safety crew that had no knowledge, skills, or training. They would often obliviously encourage safety breaches which always led to serious accidents and injuries. Aziz's event safety crew would freely admit that they had no knowledge about BASE jumping and were not there to provide any level of safety or guidance for the event. It was a problem we tried to have rectified for many years, but each year the problem kept on getting worse. It became a more significant problem in later years once the launch point level changed with a glass fence installed around the perimeter, and a ramp launch point and other novelty launch points were added. BASE jumps then had less of an opportunity the study the wind and how it affected the jumps before them, so they became more reliant on event safety crew that actually had zero knowledge. The event manager from CD Events also tried to rectify the issue over a few years, but each year he was forced by managers higher up to hire Aziz to provide unacceptable event safety crew. Every year KL Tower management resisted our push to provide capable volunteer crew that could help provide a minimum level of safety at the event. We did not care if all event funding still had to be channelled to Aziz, we just wanted a smooth running event where we could prevent many of the horrific injuries.

Aziz Ahmad disregarding participant safety
There was always an insistence for Aziz Ahmad to provide crew with no knowledge, skills, or training.

The 2016 event was a step worse in any other. With a non-responsive safety crew in the landing area, the event started off with no wind indicators in the landing area. While the wind direction looked obvious, it turned out to be turbulent and swirling in the landing area. Aziz Ahmad would initially acknowledge requests to get his crew to put up wind indicators, but it was never actioned. Aziz’s safety crew would also not radio up any warnings that people were crashing in all over the place. After radioing down many desperate pleas, Aziz would finally respond that it was not his safety crew’s problem to rectify the safety issues in the landing area. They again seem to be paid to just be spectators are at the event, and provide zero support. On the second day once Aziz’s crew were ordered to be responsive to radio all calls, they just started blocking all radio communications between the different launch points and giving false clearances to jump. It created the dangerous potential of the different groups colliding after opening of parachutes, particularly when coming into land.
Mass food poisoning from food provided by KL Tower also took hold of most participants and their families during the event, which turned it into a dreadful and dangerous event.

Aziz Ahmad disregarding participant safety at 2016 event.
In 2016 KL Tower managers resisted attempts to provide capable safety crew for the event, so we were again left with a dangerous and non functional crew.

In the end our only option to step up event safety to a minimum expected level and start to eliminate many of the re-occurring preventable accidents, was to train knowledgeable volunteers to work in place of Aziz’s so-called safety crew. Once this was done in 2017, it had the desired effect of eliminating tower strikes from the event will. There was also a great reduction in other incidents, and a flow of the event was much smoother. Aziz would still be hired in 2017 to provide safety crew. We still needed some of them to make up for the shortfall in volunteers we had. But Aziz’s crew would turn up at the launch point of the beginning of the event and again state that they had no knowledge or instructions other than to just show up there. They then declined my offer to learn from our volunteers what they needed to do to become useful, and disappeared for the rest of the event.

In the past KL Tower had put a lot of effort into being very proactive with many of the less significant safety issues. It was not understandable why they would always totally ignore the most significant safety issue and insist on setting up their event in a manner that would always ensure there were many preventable accidents that often resulted in participants being seriously injured.

In 2018 they replace me with relative novice organisers who had very limited recent experience at KL Tower, to bring back a record number of tower strikes to the event. KL Tower managers were so upset with me that they requested their new organiser ban anyone going to the Sibu BASE jumping that I organised. Once I publicly exposed this KL Tower managers threatened legal prosecution for tarnishing their image. They demanded I publish a public apology. I demanded that they make a public apology for the spiteful way an icon of Malaysia (or their new representative) wanted to destroy the holidays of many international tourists to Malaysia.

I have no regrets forcefully stepping up event safety towards the minimum expected level. I certainly could not go on organising the event with increasing levels of insistent negligence of Aziz Ahmad and the new KL Tower managers. I have enjoyed the 2100+ building display BASE jumps I have done throughout Malaysia, including 925 BASE jumps from KL Tower. One of my highlights was setting a world record at the end of 2005 for personal completing 133 BASE jumps in 24 hours. I thank all the past KL Tower management for the wonderful opportunities that they have given me to become a world leader in building display BASE jumping. Hopefully in the future there will be again much more responsible managers at KL Tower and I can come back there.

Gary Cunningham World Record BASE Jump at KL Tower
Gary Cunningham completes a world record of 133 BASE jumps in 24 hours in 2005.

This website will remain as a history of the event. To counteract the irresponsibility of KL Tower managers who have eliminated the wealth of safety knowledge accumulated about the event, I will add articles in the future about common mistakes and levels of complacency that lead to various accidents, so future BASE jumpers can continue to learn from the past rather than rediscover the issues the hard way.

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Dates

BASE Jumpers Briefing:
Thursday, 28th September 2017
Day Jumping:
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October 2017- 4 Days
Night Jumping:
Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017- 2 Nights
Jump Height:
300 meters
Event Host:
Menara Kuala Lumpur
Event Organiser:
FM Media
Director of BASE Jumping:
Gary Cunningham, President of Australian BASE Association

Preferred Hotel: Pacific Regency Hotel Suites

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KL Tower BASE Jump 2017 took place from 29th September to 2nd October over 4 days and 2 nights.
3067 BASE jumps were completed by 102 BASE jumpers from 22 countries during the 4 day event.

Participants were from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

For more information about KL Tower BASE Jump 2017 contact
Gary Cunningham at directorofbasejumping@kltowerjump.com

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Sibu BASE Jump 2017

Sibu BASE Jump 2017
Building Name:
Wisma Sanyan
Building Height:
126 meters
BASE Jumpers Briefing:
Wednesday, 20th September
Day Jumping:
Thursday 21st September to Sunday 24th September - 3.5 Days
Night Jumping:
Friday 22nd September and Saturday 23rd September - 2 Nights

Sibu BASE Jump 2017 is organised by:

Sibu BASE Jump 2017 took place from 21st to 24th September off Wisma Sanyan. Standing 126 meters high Wisma Sanyan is the tallest building in East Malaysia.
84 BASE jumpers from 17 countries completed a record 2032 jumps at the event.

Participants were from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States.

The welcoming atmosphere and hospitality in Sibu is the best we have experienced in Malaysia.

 

For more event information about Sibu BASE Jump 2017 contact:
Sibu BASE Jump 2017 Director of BASE Jumping - Gary Cunningham GaryC71@gmail.com

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Gua Damai BASE Jump 2017

Gua Damai Extreme Park BASE Jump
Cliff:
Gua Damai
Height:
96 meters
Location:
Gua Damai Extreme Park, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Days Jumping:
Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September (2 days)
Organiser:
Mustapha Al Bakri Omar www.wiraconsultant.com

The management of Gua Damai Extreme Park opened up their small cliff for BASE jumping during the days of Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September. This is a popular cliff that many participants like to jump off before the main event at KL Tower.

Gua Damai is about a 20 minute drive north of KL Tower.

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Other Locations Previously Included
in KL Tower Jump Merdeka Circuit

The following locations have been included in the previous KL Tower circuit of events at a time when KL Tower BASE jumping events were great.

Menara Taming Sari
Menara Taming Sari
Malacca, Malaysia

2009

Gua Damai
Gua Damai
Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

2008-2018

Menara Tun Mustapha
Menara Tun Mustapha
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

2004, 2006-2007, 2014

Alor Setar Tower
Alor Setar Tower
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

2002, 2004-2010

Menara Telekom Malaysia
Menara Telekom Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2008-2009

Menara Komtar
Menara Komtar
George Town, Penang, Malaysia

2005-2009

Felda Residence Hotel
Felda Residence Hotel
Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

2009

Wisma Darul Iman
Wisma Darul Iman
Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

2009

Kompleks Teruntum
Kompleks Teruntum
Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia

2009

Menara Pelita
Menara Pelita
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

2007-2008