Tougher laws needed to check Mat Rempit

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  • Friday, 02 May 2008

law-abiding people will support any effective move to bring to an end the Mat Rempit menace which has been a bane for Malaysian society all these years.

In line with this, I welcome the proposal to amend the Road Transport Act (RTA) and introduce a special section to deal solely with the prosecution of illegal racers.

Currently, illegal racing is dealt with under the law of reckless driving where the penalty is no deterrent to the offenders.

The police have recommended that the RTA be amended to provide for caning to speed fiends like Mat Rempit who take part in illegal racing and are caught more than once.

Making the convicted young or juvenile offenders who take part in illegal racing do up to 100 hours of community service as a form of punishment is a step in the right direction.

Most Mat Rempit are aged between 15 and 19 years, and many are dropouts and school leavers. They not only endanger themselves while doing their daredevil stunts but also the innocent public.

Many a times the public, especially pedestrians, have complained how they have been victimised by Mat Rempit, not to mention the noise pollution they cause to the neighbourhoods.

There were at least five cases brought to my attention where children and elderly people were knocked down and killed by hit-and-run unidentified illegal racers.

I think the authorities concerned have to act firmly and bring to an end this menace once and for all. The many operations that have been carried out until now by the authorities have proved futile in the absence of more stringent laws and deterrent punishment.


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