Revive road safety clubs, schools urged


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Oct 2009

PUTRAJAYA: Road safety clubs in schools should be revived to keep youths away from illegal racing or Mat Rempit activities.

“We have seen from the experience of developed nations that education is the best approach,” said the Joint Committee on Illegal Racing and Mat Rempit (biker gang members) Committee co-chairman Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.

The Deputy Transport Minister urged the Education Ministry to make it compulsory for all schools to have active road safety clubs which were introduced by the Government some years back.

Abdul Rahim said the committee’s Legal Work Group had been asked to look into amendments to Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1987 to allow for more effective enforcement on laws pertaining to illegal racing and Mat Rempit activities.

“One area that needs to be looked into is to have a clear definition of illegal racers and Mat Rempit.

“There are some who claim to be speeding in their vehicles and not racing with anyone and deny they are Mat Rempit,” he told a press conference after attending a committee meeting here yesterday.

The proposed amendments would be tabled at the next committee meeting in January.

Public feedback would be sought as well.

On ongoing police action against illegal racing and Mat Rempit activities, Abdul Rahim said there seemed to be a reduction in the number of cases after police stepped up operations.

He said from May 1 to Sept 30 this year, police had conducted 4,268 raids jointly with other relevant authorities.

Some 340 offenders were arrested and 173 have been charged in court.

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