Eimarace 2017 is on: UTM

> Event to be held at des­ig­nated cir­cuit with ad­di­tional safety mea­sures


PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia (UTM) will not abol­ish the Ed­u­ca­tional In­no­va­tion in Mo­tor­sport and Au­toma­tive Race (Eimarace) next year, but will im­ple­ment added safety mea­sures and host the event at a des­ig­nated cir­cuit.

UTM vice-chan­cel­lor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar ( pix) said the uni­ver­sity will com­ply with a di­rec­tive by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry for such com­pe­ti­tions to be held only at des­ig­nated rac­ing cir­cuits.

“An au­tho­rised race cir­cuit will be used for the an­nual au­to­mo­tive com­pe­ti­tion that in­volves pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties, poly­tech­nics and col­leges.

“The com­pe­ti­tion it­self is a plat­form for stu­dents to ex­hibit and demon­strate their abil­i­ties in au­to­mo­tive de­sign, such as build­ing a car from a sin­gle spare part pro­vided to them and mak­ing it into a work­able car that can also be used for rac­ing,” he said.

It was re­ported on Mon­day that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pa­pers for the Eimarace 2016 accident is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted to the At­tor­neyGen­eral’s Cham­bers next week.

Kuan­tan district po­lice chief ACP Ab­dul Aziz Salleh said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were al­most com­plete and po­lice had recorded a statement from Siti Suhaiza Se­man, 38, whose hus­band and daugh­ter were killed.

State­ments were also recorded from UTM, the driv­ers and Mo­tor­sports As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia (MAM), which han­dled the se­cu­rity as­pects of the rac­ing cir­cuit.

At Eimarace 2016, fac­tory su­per­vi­sor Izwan Isa, 39, and his daugh­ter Nur Zu­laikha, five, who were spec­ta­tors, were killed af­ter a buggy ploughed into them af­ter three rac­ing ve­hi­cles side-swiped each other.

The accident at 11.30am on Sept 25 in Jalan Sukpa In­dera Mahkota also in­jured Siti Suhaiza and her el­dest child Muham­mad Izz Daniel, seven.

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