Illegal street racing by motorcycle hooligans – commonly known as mat rempit – in the state of Terengganu has been reduced by 95%, through a series of racing programmes. This includes motorsports events at the Terengganu International Drag Track, adjacent to the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin outdoor stadium at Gong Badak, Kuala Nerus, Terengganu.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said this at the Terengganu Drag Battle 2017 competition held over the weekend. The event, meant to encourage youth participation in two-wheeled motorsports, attracted over 2,000 fans.

“It is not easy to achieve zero illegal racing but we managed to overcome the social ill by 95 per cent and it is a big success if it can be solved in the long run,” he said. Ahmad Razif hoped that the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) sanctioned 25,000 seat facility, which can host Cub Prix, sprint test, and drift races, will attract state and international motorsport championships.