If you’re up-to-date with the news and especially to topics regarding last weekend’s 2012 Million Youths Rally, then you know what has happened.

For those who don’t know, let’s bring you up to speed, and the best way to do it is to show you what happened during the event. This video, sourced from YouTube, shows both angles of the accident, from the front and from the rear. Go ahead and watch it, I’ll wait.

Let’s continue. MUSC Drag Racing, the organiser of the drag race, has issued a rather emotional press release on Facebook stating that measures were taken to keep the spectators from going too close to the drag strip. The measures include frequent announcements to the crowd to move away from the barricades, which fell on deaf ears. He also said that the spectators will behave the same even if they were sanctions imposed.

MUSC Drag Racing said that the accident was caused by an engine oil leak from a competitor’s car. The accident occurred when a 600 hp Mitsubishi Lancer lost control and veered into the thicket, subsequently putting 17 spectators in the hospital.

In a Bernama report, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was quoted as saying that “the race was arranged by experienced organisers but he had been made to understand that there were no sanctioning body to monitor and supervise competitions of such nature.”

Following the tragedy, the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) and the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) have issued separate press statements saying otherwise.

MAM, who are under the purview of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, said that they have been tasked with the responsibility to oversee, advice and sanction all motorsport activities. AAM also underlines the fact that they are the sole sanctioning body for all forms of motorsports in the country. The drag race was one of several motorsports-related events that were not sanctioned by AAM or its affiliates.

The take back is simple. When there’s only a thin piece of metal or a thick greenery that separates you and a high horsepowered, one-ton rocket of steely death, it is very much advisable that you remove your person from the scene as far as possible.
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