I REFER to the letter “Menace of motorcycle noise” (The Star, Jan 29), which highlighted the issue of noise pollution caused by errant motorcyclists on highways located near housing areas.
I think majority of the public, myself included, would totally agree with the writer’s views about this noise being a menace to society.
However, most just suffer in silence and accept it as “part of life” because they think there is nothing they can do about it.
The source of the problem, of course, is the crowds of mat rempit who do not care about the well-being of others as they rev up their motorcycle engines to unbearable noise levels while taking part in illegal street racing or showing off stunts on their machines.
Residents at Puncak Damansara Condo and the surrounding areas in Kayu Ara, Petaling Jaya are also affected by this menace.
I have noticed that there are at least five motorcycle workshops at the single row of shops outside Puncak Damansara Condo and another two or three nearby.
Why are so many motorcycle workshops allowed to operate in this area? Workshops that just repair motorcycles are fine, but two or three of these premises are outlets selling accessories/kits for bike modification.
These shops will indirectly contribute to the menace of motorcycle noise pollution as they provide the means for the mat rempit to modify their machine’s exhaust pipes to achieve the revs required for the thrill factor.
I strongly suggest that the authorities (police and local authorities, in this case the Petaling Jaya City Council) take proactive measures to tackle the problem and bring some peace to residents of all the areas affected by this noise pollution. This can be done by, among others:
1) Restricting the number of shops selling motorcycle modification kits in residential areas. These shops should actually be located in other commercial areas such as shopping malls;
2) Enforcing the relevant laws strictly and acting immediately upon receiving complaints from the public. Impose a jail term or a stiff fine on repeat offenders; and
3) Educating and rehabilitating the offenders.
The police and local authorities must carry out frequent patrols on highways that are popular race tracks for the mat rempit, especially areas with low- to medium-cost flats where the population density is higher.
I sincerely hope the authorities will not sit back while the silent majority is suffering.