IPOH: Several daredevil stunts displayed by a group of brazen youths on the road caught the attention of the police, ultimately leading to their arrest in an early morning operation Monday.
After tailing them relentlessly, police successfully nabbed five Mat Rempit, aged between 15 to 22 years old, for reckless and dangerous driving at around 3.10am along Jalan Kamunting-Taiping, near Persiaran Kamunting 2.
They were arrested during a special enforcement operation named Ops Samseng Jalanan/Rempit, which involved personnel from Bukit Aman, the Perak police contingent and Taiping police district.
Acting Taiping OCPD Superintendent Razlam Ab Hamid said the suspects, four of whom were unemployed, were brought to the Taiping district police station to be detained under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act (1987).
"We spotted a few motorcyclists who seemed to be racing among themselves.
"They bent their bodies down low when riding their bikes and even performed zig-zagging moves and other dangerous stunts that put not only themselves in danger but other motorists as well," he said, adding that investigations were ongoing.
Supt Razlam also said one of the suspects was a schoolboy who would be entering Form Four next year.
He added that a total of 25 summonses were issued to the suspects, including summonses for driving without licences or road tax, fancy number plates and illegal modifications.
This arrest came barely two weeks after police arrested three Mat Rempit who allegedly assaulted an ambulance driver in Kamunting.
In the 1.40am incident on Dec 17, an ambulance driver and a nurse were transferring a patient to Taiping Hospital from Parit Hospital when they encountered a group of Mat Rempits after exiting the Kamunting toll plaza.
Using a hailer to urge them to make way, this angered the Mat Rempits, who then sandwiched the ambulance with their motorcycles.
Shortly after, one of the motorcyclists fell and they blocked the ambulance, as about six men dragged the driver out of the vehicle and started assaulting him.