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.