Kuala Lumpur is planning to set up a night track around the city centre for mat rempit to race.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the night track would be modelled after the bi-weekly Car-Free morning, where several roads in Kuala Lumpur would be closed to traffic for few hours to enable cyclists to ride on it.
He said he had discussed the proposal with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.
Tengku Adnan said safety barriers would be placed along the identified routes at predetermined time to enable the “mat motors” to race.
“It is not meant to encourage them to race, but to control the situation because we are aware that this is their only form of entertainment due to the high cost of living,” he said this at the opening of the Taman Metropolitan Batu bridge.
He said this would also prevent them from participating in illegal street racing.
He said they are also looking at turning the entire event into a carnival, where food trucks would be invited to peddle their food.
Aside from that, Tengku Adnan said they are also planned to organise workshops to teach these motorcyclists to repair their machines, assisting them in developing a skill
However, he said, the proposal is still in a preliminary stage with no location identified yet.