Noth­ing il­le­gal about race, says MAM

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITH­OUT BOR­DERS -

“The safety con­di­tions were ful­filled, but on race day, crowd breaches were a prob­lem,” MAM act­ing CEO Datuk Ra­zlan Razali told theSun, adding that the as­so­ci­a­tion is con­duct­ing a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fa­tal ac­ci­dent.

He said MAM, which has been af­fil­i­ated with the Youth and Sports Min­istry since 2007 and has or­gan­ised be­tween 20 and 25 events so far, had every right to sanc­tion the race as there was noth­ing il­le­gal about it.

On Sun­day evening, Ra­zlan had been quoted by theSun as say­ing MAM had wanted to with­draw its sanc­tion as cer­tain safety mea­sures were not com­plied with on the day of the event.

“There is noth­ing il­le­gal about the event be­cause all as­pects were cov­ered with re­gard to safety and in­sur­ance cover in­clud­ing spec­ta­tors and third par­ties,” said Ra­zlan yes­ter­day, adding that MAM mar­shals on duty dur­ing the race were ex­pe­ri­enced and had been mar­shals since 1999.

Mean­while, Kuan­tan po­lice chief ACP Ab­dul Aziz Salleh said po­lice have recorded state­ments from Siti Suhaiza Se­man, 38, whose hus­band, Izwan Isa, 39, and daugh­ter Nur Zu­laikha, five, were killed in the tragedy, which oc­curred when a race kart veered out of con­trol and crashed through some bar­ri­ers into the crowd, in­jur­ing sev­eral oth­ers in­clud­ing Siti Suhaiza and her son Muham­mad Izz Da­nial.

He said po­lice have also recorded state­ments from the or­gan­is­ers and sev­eral kart driv­ers to help in the probe but did not dis­close their names nor the num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als ques­tioned.

The Ei­marace was or­gan­ised by the Malaysia-Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MJIIT) of Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (AAM) has said MAM has no au­thor­ity to sanc­tion safety mea­sures in auto rac­ing events.

“Fol­low­ing the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures, MAM is not a body that can au­tho­rise and sanc­tion these races. We (AAM) have to give the green light be­fore au­tho­ris­ing any mo­tor­sports events,” AAM su­per­vi­sor Ah­mad Suhaimi Ab­dul­lah told theSun.

“They (MAM) have not con­sulted AAM for the past two or three years. The MAM is not an au­tho­ri­sa­tion body. They are just a grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said, adding that MAM should have con­sulted AAM on safety as­pects such as track de­sign, speed lim­its and med­i­cal per­son­nel avail­abil­ity.

“Even the For­mula One race in Malaysia has to get our ap­proval be­fore they go ahead so I don’t see why the or­gan­is­ers of the Ei­marace did not get our ap­proval,” he added.

Ah­mad Suhaimi also high­lighted that AAM was pow­er­less to stop the race be­cause it had no knowl­edge of the event, which ap­par­ently lacked emer­gency med­i­cal work­ers and safety mar­shals.

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