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It appears some of our Malaysian ministers are not fans of Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s recent proposal to allow legalised motorcycle street racing in Kuala Lumpur.

The Federal Territories Minister said previously the government is considering closing roads in the city once a week, and setting that aside for motorcycle racing. The night track is said to be modelled after the bi-weekly ‘Car-Free’ morning in KL.

In a report by The Star, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said that public roads were not the right place to carry out racing, as it is an extreme kind of activity.

As such, any form on racing should be conducted on a proper track that meets certain safety requirements, he said, and called for the proposal to be discussed further. “Speed kills. Go to a racing circuit to race and not at any public area,” he stated.

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Liow also supported Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s proposal for stricter punishment against unlicensed motorists, and welcomed constructive suggestions on making the roads safer. “There are various programmes such as MyLesen to enable motorists to get a licence,” he said.

In a separate report, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it is not feasible to allow or even provide Mat Rempit with a place to race, especially in a central business district within KL.

“If it produces the same public nuisance and noise, then you go back to square one and people will not be happy. It will also have adverse effects and jeopardise daily lives. Are you saying that if we cannot beat them, then join them? I don’t think so,” he explained.

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Wee added that these Mat Rempit should be educated with the right values, rather than being allowed to race. Furthermore, providing a venue for them to race was not the point because this was not the thrill that the Mat Rempit were looking for.

“Even if a stadium is provided for them, they would not like it either. They want people to watch them and this is very important to them, even though it is very dangerous and risky. They enjoy it. This is the attitude and the mentality of most Mat Rempit,” he said.

Do you agree with what our ministers have to say on the matter? What are your thoughts on Tengku Adnan’s proposal to allow legalised motorcycle street racing in Kuala Lumpur?