A short-lived illegal street racing syndicate was shut down recently, following a police operation near Terminal Amanjaya in Ipoh. The “racing circuit” has been hosting races there on the weekends, attracting participants from as far as Penang.

During the 2am operation at Persiaran Meru 3, five men were arrested by the police for being involved in the race. The men, who were aged between 23 and 27 years, also had their modified vehicles impounded.

The vehicles included three Proton models (Wira, Waja, Saga), as well as a Honda and a Perodua Kancil. Besides the arrests, the operation also saw hundreds of spectators present at the scene being screened by police. A total of 154 vehicles were also checked by the police.

The screening conducted during the Perak traffic police and JPJ joint-operation, managed to reveal nine individuals with arrest warrants for failing to pay their outstanding summonses.

Ipoh deputy traffic chief Deputy Superintendent Mahiri Hussin told the News Straits Times that the police had acted on a tip-off, staking out the area before making their move. “Our investigations revealed that the illegal racing had been going on for the past two weeks,” he said.

Mahiri also detailed the simple mechanics of the illegal race – whoever was there would race each other. “Those who lose will have to pay for a full tank of petrol,” he added.

Mahiri also advised motorists not to partake in such races, as it endangers the lives of other road users as well as their own.