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The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will approach and negotiate with Mat Rempits, with the hope that the illegal motorcycle street racers change their ways. This is according to a report by The Sun.

JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said the actions of these Mat Rempits endanger the lives of the public, and violate road regulations and laws. As such, he said that JPJ will not hesitate to take any action against those involved in the illegal activity.

“In fact, JPJ has identified some of the hotspot areas where Mat Rempits always have their illegal race and we will not hesitate to detain or take enforcement action against them if they are found to have violated any regulation,” he said.

However, he did not comment on the Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s proposal of shutting down roads in the city to facilitate legalised Mat Rempits street races. Ismail believes that Tengku Adnan has his rationale behind the proposal, which hopefully follows the JPJ’s goal to reduce the country’s accident rate.

Recently, several ministers have rejected the idea of allowing legalised motorcycle street racing in Kuala Lumpur. The police meanwhile, has said it will discuss the matter further with the government, with Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar quoted as saying, “our youngsters still like to rempit or race late at night. I’m sure he has his reasons. So, let us meet him first.”