Several roads in the Kuala Lumpur city centre were closed by police during “Ops Tutup” to crack down on motorcyclists flouting the law. During the operation, which began at 9.30 p.m. on Sunday, 391 summons were issued for various offences.

Closing off Jalan Raja Laut heading towards Jalan Sultan Ismail, the stretch of road is notorious as a hang-out for motorcycle hooligans on weekend nights. The operation which closed off all exits from Jalan Sultan Ismail left the riders – known colloquially as “mat rempit” – with nowhere to run as police closed in.

Kuala Lumpur traffic police chief ACP Mohd Nadzri Hussain, speaking to Bernama, said, “Out of the 391 summons, having expired road tax saw the highest total, with 58 summons issued. Other offences included expired license (42), illegal and fancy (illegible) number plates (76 in total), no number plates (55), no wing mirrors (26), no ‘P’ or ‘L’ plates (68 in total).” He added that the operation, involving 64 officers and personnel, also detained a local man suspected of being involved in a motorcycle theft case in Sentul.