By TUNKU SHAHARIAHnorth@thestar.com.my
BALING: Residents of Taman Mesra Kupang here and nearby villages fed up over the nightly ruckus created by a gang of about 50 Mat Rempit attacked them at the housing estate on New Year’s Eve.
The illegal racers were showing off by doing “wheelies” and revving up their motorcycles at their favourite haunt at about midnight when irate residents armed with bamboo poles and catapults went after them.
They ran helter-skelter and took cover in a Chinese cemetery.
Abd Malik Ahmad, 48, said he and his neighbours had had enough of the Mat Rempit turning the housing estate into a racing track “night after night”.
Utusan Malaysia stringer Azman Mat Noor, also a Taman Mesra Kupang resident, said he had tried to reason with the Mat Rempit, as his children could not sleep at night with all the noise they created, but to no avail.
”They were very rude when I told them not to be so noisy,” he said.
“They were also not concerned about the safety of other road users.”
Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Khamis Hamzah said police detained three of the illegal racers involved, aged between 16 and 20.
He said the police were aware of the various spots favoured by the Mat Rempit.
Kampung Banggol Chicar Umno chief Rosdi Abdul Rahman, when contacted, said the Mat Rempit were “getting out of hand” and were not even afraid of the police.