The government needs to review the proposal on banning small underbone motorcycles, or kapchais from the streets of Kuala Lumpur, said the Royal Malaysian Police in a report by Bernama.

Datuk Rusli Ahmad, Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director at the RMP, said the authorities should take into account the considerations of those in the lower income bracket using such motorcycles, and not just focus on reducing carbon emissions and snatch theft cases in the city centre.

“In terms of safety, we’re not denying that imposing such a ban can reduce snatch theft cases as previous studies revealed that most of the offenders were kapchai riders,” said Rusli Ahmad. However, he suggested that the ban be enforced at crowded areas such as the night markets and public event venues as these places attracted snatch thieves riding the kapchais.

On Monday, Federal Territories minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor mooted the idea, which has received mixed reactions from the public. In a response, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar refuted the notion that the ban will help reduce pollution, and said proper research is needed before proceeding with such a move.