Malaysia

Don’t politicise drag race accident, says Ahmad Shabery

PUTRAJAYA, May 27 — Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek today asked that the accident, which occurred in the drag race here around midnight in conjunction with the ‘Million Youths Rally 2012’, not be politicised.

“Accidents can happen anywhere. Even if it did not happen here, there is no guarantee that it wouldn’t have happened somewhere else.

“This programme involves 500 activities and millions of visitors, and this case should not discourage youth from engaging in healthy activities like sports,” he told reporters after visiting the victims at Putrajaya Hospital, here.

In the incident at Lebuh Wadi Ehsan in Precinct 19, 17 spectators were injured, four, seriously, when one of the cars skidded and crashed into them.   

Among those warded are Muhammad Iskandar Rasiq Shaari, 20, who has been placed in the intensive care unit after suffering haemorrhaging in the head, liver and spleen, and Ami Nakim, 27, whose legs and left hand were fractured.

Muhamad Fairuz Jalaludin, 27, was undergoing surgery during the minister’s visit while another victim had been transferred to Kuala Pilah Hospital.

Ahmad Shabery said he would discuss with the relevant parties the assistance to be offered to the victims.

“The hospital is providing the necessary treatment and we are prepared to assist in whatever way as what is most important, is that they recover fully.

So, if it involves additional costs and so on, we will discuss this with the hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, the families of the victims said they were not blaming any party for the accident and had accepted it as fate.

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