In the latest “Ops Samseng Jalanan”, an on-going effort by the police to rid Malaysian roads of motorcycle hooligans – colloquially known as mat rempit – 150 summons were issued and 59 motorcycles were seized. Held at the Kesas highway near Banting, Klang, it was reported by Harian Metro that “hundreds of mat rempit lost their minds upon spotting the police block” and rode dangerously to avoid police.

This included riding recklessly and against the flow of traffic, endangering both themselves and other road users. However, their efforts were to no avail as police had secured all highway entrances and exits.

According to Selangor Traffic Police investigation and enforcement chief, Superintendent Kamaludin Mohamad, 129 individuals and 120 motorcycles were detained and inspected during the operation held from midnight to 7 a.m. Out of these, 59 motorcycles were seized as well as eight other motorcycles abandoned as their owners fled the scene.

The summons were issued for offences such as not having a license, expired road tax, illegal number plates and others, with those being detained aged between 16 and 30. The operation involved about 100 police personnel, assisted by enforcement officers from the Klang Town Council and Kesas highway staff.