MAM suspended following fatal go-cart race

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  • Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) has been suspended from organising future racing events following an investigation over a fatal go-cart race at Indera Mahkota on Sunday.

Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) chairman Datuk Tunku Mudzaffar Tunku Mustapha confirmed that MAM had been suspended by the body when contacted by The Star Online on Wednesday.

“The AAM can confirm that the MAM has been suspended from organising all motorsports events with immediate effect as a consequence of the two fatalities during the event in Kuantan,” he said.

AAM is the sole body that sanctions races and is affiliated with the International Automobile Federation (FIA) and has the licence to do so from them.

“The MAM is an affiliate of the AAM and has breached several articles of the National Competition Rules of the Automobile Association of Malaysia and therefore will not be permitted to organise any motor sports events until a tribunal hearing is held to determine the circumstances of the accident and what further action needs to be taken,” said Tunku Mudzaffar.

Meanwhile AAM also suspended two of its own officials on duty at the race last Sunday.

Earlier, AAM steward Ahmad Suhaimi Abdullah said that organisers had asked for permission two months ago to conduct the race, “however, it was not sanctioned as they did not meet the safety standards”.

He said that organisers had only set up a water barricade to separate the track from the spectators instead of the proper perimeter fencing that was required.

“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.

On Sunday factory supervisor Izwan Isa, 39, and his daughter Nur Zulaikha, 5, were killed after being hit by a go-kart while watching the race in Jalan Sukpa, Indera Mahkota.

It was reported that the incident occurred after three of the go-karts grazed each other, causing one of them to crash into the right side of the track.

The deceased’s wife, Siti Suhaiza Seman, 38, and their seven-year-old child, Muhammad Izz Daniel were injured during the incident.

The race, organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Tourism Pahang, was cancelled following the incident.

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