Police set up road blocks at all roads going into Batu Ferringhi and checked more than 2,000 motorcycles.
GEORGE TOWN: Police foiled a massive effort to organise an illegal race in Batu Ferringhi here early this morning, detaining more than 1,500 mat rempit including 10 women.
Timur Laut District Police Chief ACP Gan Kong Meng said the street racers were from Johor, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Perlis and Kedah, and had entered Penang in stages early Friday.
"Police received two reports on them including one involving racing past a road block. There were also 10 cases of snatch thefts believed to be committed by them," he told reporters on Saturday.
He said in the six-hour operation, which began at 1.30am, police set up road blocks on all roads heading into Batu Ferringhi and checked more than 2,000 motorcycles.
Gan also said about 300 summonses were issued for various offences including modifying vehicles without authorisation, not having driving licenses and using invalid road tax.
He said all the mat rempit who were mainly in their 20s and 30s and the women were taken to the Batu Ferringhi Police Station for further investigation and documentation. - Bernama