PETALING JAYA: The deadly go-kart accident which cost the lives of a father and his daughter was caused by a failure to adhere to safety measures recommended by the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM).
AAM steward Ahmad Suhaimi Abdullah said the organisers asked for permission two months ago to conduct the race. “However, it was not sanctioned as they did not meet the safety standards,” he added.
“And because the regulations were not followed, two lives were lost.”
Ahmad Suhaimi said the organisers only used a water barrier to separate the track from the spectators. “There must be proper perimeter fencing to protect the crowd.
“And for further protection there should have been rubber tyres inside the track to prevent it from hitting the fence.
“If there is a crash, at least the tyres will cause the kart to bounce back,” said Ahmad Suhaimi.
He said there should have been marshals around different corners of the track to ensure the safety of the spectators.
Marshals would rush to assist drivers who are involved in an accident.
Ahmad Suhaimi said that people should not organise races as and when they liked. “Such activity requires stringent rules and procedures.”
He said AAM was the sole body that could sanction races as it was affiliated to the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and had the licence to do so from them.
On Sunday, 11.30am, Izwan Isa, 39, died at the scene near the Sukpa Complex while his four-year-old daughter Nor Zulaikha died at Hospital Tengku Apuan Afzan after being hit by a runaway kart.
Izwan’s wife Siti Suhaiza Seman, 38, and seven-year-old son Muhammad Izz Daniel were injured.
The family was watching the Educational Innovation of Motorsports & Automotive Race by the road side behind some plastic barriers. It is believed that the driver lost control of his kart and smashed into the barriers before hitting the family.
The race, organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Tourism Pahang, was cancelled following the incident.
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