PETALING JAYA: They travelled from as far as Terengganu for the thrill of racing down a highway – only to be arrested at the "finish line".
The fun ended for 10 men from two rival illegal racing groups, aged between 17 and 36, as the law caught up to them as soon as two motorcycle racers involved crossed the finish line near Nilai, Negri Sembilan, said Deputy Comm Datuk Azisman Alias.
"We were told that a group from Dungun, Terengganu would face-off with a group from Nilai using a one-kilometre stretch on the Lekas highway as their 'race track'.
"We then sent a team there at 9pm on Jan 13 to keep an eye out for any illegal activities," said the Bukit Aman traffic investigation and enforcement director.
The information police obtained was verified after a few hours when a four-wheel drive vehicles and two cars emerged at the scene and nine men alighted the vehicles at around 2.30am on Jan 14.
Police were more convinced that a race was about to begin when racers started warming up their engines and making loud noises.
After the race, DCP Azisman said the investigation team from the department's Squad 42, made up of two officers and 23 personnel of different ranks from Nilai police headquarters, split up and followed some of the participants on the way to Nilai where they were then arrested.
"They had no idea we were the police as we were not in uniform and were naturally shocked – but the operation went smoothly," he said.
In the incident, police seized two motorcycles modified for racing and three vehicles as well as RM38,000 in cash believed to be money onlookers put down to bet on the two racers.
"We are still trying to figure out the system being used in this game of theirs," he said.
It is understood that only two men raced that night while eight others, including the 17-year-old, are believed to be the organisers.
All those arrested have been remanded for four days from Jan 14 to 17 and the case is being investigated under Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for reckless and dangerous driving and Section 81 of the same act for organising competitions.
Separately, DCP Azisman encouraged members of the public to send any video or pictures of reckless driving or road rage for police to take action in an effort to curb road menace and violence.
"Such material is very useful as evidence as well as to help identify the culprits," he said.