BUKIT MERTAJAM (Bernama): Police have warned all parties, including artistes, to stop promoting illegal modifications of motorcycles and violating the law if they do not want to face stern action.
Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Datuk Azisman Alias (pic) said such unhealthy activities were found to have driven motorcyclists, especially teenagers, to modify their machines and to be involved in illegal races and so on.
"I myself have heard of groups and artistes airing videos on their social media sites about illegal modifications they have carried out, especially on Y15ZR model motorcycles, better known as Ysuku.
"I am warning all parties whether they are individuals or artistes, to stop promoting illegal motorcycle modifications or face legal action, ” he told Bernama here Tuesday (Sept 10).
He was met at the closing of a Road Safety Awareness Campaign, an initiative of Social Security Organisation (Sosco) and the police with the cooperation of Flex Penang, which was officiated by Penang police chief Datuk T. Narenasagaran.
Also present was Socso chief executive Datuk Seri Mohamed Azman Aziz Mohammed.
Azisman said police, through their special Skuad 42 unit, which was formed to combat mat rempit (illegal motorcycle racers), would be collecting evidence of those involved in promoting such unhealthy activities.
"Police officers and personnel will be impersonating members of the public, including mat rempit gang members, to track them down and snap pictures as evidence of their illegal modifications and races before charging them in court.
"This is the police's approach now as we do not conduct operations openly, ” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the average road fatality rate recorded in the country is between 16 to 17 cases daily with 65% of them involving motorcycle riders.
According to him, the situation now showed many accidents involved motorcyclists who failed to control their own vehicles and not obeying traffic regulations such as the stipulated speed limits. - Bernama