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During a recent Dewan Rakyat session, a lawmaker asked if the Government has any plans to implement community service for traffic offenders. In a report by News Straits Times, Datuk Nawawi Ahmad said such a move is needed because of the ongoing mat rempit menace.

“A lot of youths are involved with illegal racing. They are not only risking their lives and limbs, but also pose a danger to other motorists. As a result, there are many road accidents reported (involving mat rempit),” he said.

In response, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the ministry has no issue with such a move. “We don’t have any issue on community service being enforced on all traffic offenders, except for offences with the provision of a minimum mandatory jail penalty,” he said.

Under the Offenders Compulsory Attendance Act 1954 (Act 461), the court can order any offender to carry out compulsory community service at specified centres, Jazlan explained. He added that counselling sessions were also offered to mat rempit if needed.

Should the Government implement community service for traffic offenders on top of the regular summons being issued? Would such a move help tackle the mat rempit issue? Let us know what you think in the comments below.