KUANTAN: The go-kart rally that resulted in the death of a father and daughter in Kuantan was sanctioned by the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM), say the organisers.
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar said they had applied for and received a safety certificate from the association.
UTM was the organiser of the event which was sponsored by the Pahang state government.
“Without that certificate, we cannot have organised the event. All safety aspects are within the scope of the certificate, which means that it could be withdrawn any time during the event if we do not comply,” he told reporters yesterday.
The Automobile Association of Malaysia, which sanctions races like the Formula One and MotoGP, has said the organisers had sent in an application a few months ago but failed to obtain approval because they did not comply with regulations.
“There’s confusion here. It has been confirmed that MAM is the authorised body to issue a permit and we have got their go-ahead to organise the event,” said Dr Wahid.
He also claimed the barriers used during the rally had been endorsed by the MAM.
“The safety aspects and the race are monitored by MAM,” he explained.
He also said UTM would conduct its own detailed investigations concurrently with the Higher Education Ministry.
In a related development, the Higher Education Ministry has formed a special investigation committee to look into the fatal accident.
Its secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur said she had been ordered by Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh to set up the committee.
“The committee is made up of the event organisers and ministry officials. Its purpose is to discover what actually happened,” she said after visiting survivor Muhammad Izz Daniel Izwan at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan here yesterday.
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