Gov’t to use video to catch Mat Rempit, illegal racers – will also enact laws to include spectators, workshops

Gov’t to use video to catch Mat Rempit, illegal racers – will also enact laws to include spectators, workshops

The government via the transport ministry (MoT) is stepping up efforts to curb illegal racing in the country, and this will be done via modifying existing acts to focus on not just the illegal racers, but also spectators and workshops that perform modifications on vehicles used for illegal racing.

This is according to MoT secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak, who was speaking at an “Isu Mat Rempit” press conference at IPK Pulau Pinang. Also speaking to reporters in Georgetown today were Bukit Aman JSPT director Datuk Wira Mat Kasim Karim and Penang police chief Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain, among others.

Isham added that punishment meted out will also be amended to give a lesson to illegal racing offenders – not just in the form of increased fines, but jail terms as well.

The meeting today was to have an agreement between the MoT, PDRM and JPJ to collaborate in combating illegal racing. To reduce the risk in enforcement, illegal racing suspects will also be arrested based on evidence such as video recordings. Isham also declared that Penang will be the model state for the implementation of this new operations approach.

Last month, five motorcyclists died in a multiple-vehicle accident on Penang’s Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway.

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  • newme on Aug 09, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Enact law is one thing. Enforcing the law is another.

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    • Best Punishment on Aug 10, 2022 at 8:46 am

      Effective solution on top of jail sentence :

      Any motorbikes caught in illegal racing must be destroyed disposed totally into tiny pieces using metal crushing machine just like how Customs Dept disposed the illegal contrabands.

      By destroying away their precious belonging it will surely hit them hard both financially and mentally.

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  • dong gor on Aug 09, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Do whatever is deemed necessary and solve the problem.
    that is all you are measured upon

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  • Roman Abromovich on Aug 09, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Before nabbing rempits,pls nab those blardy food riders who beat traffic lights without any remorse.There r hundreds of cameras ..use them.

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  • Why So Serious on Aug 09, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    There is no effective solution to a social issue. Rather than criminalising the whole thing, Govt can think the opposite and make it legal. Just as cannabis usage in the West have been problematic, now it is legalised and problem automatically solved. So with this view, we could similarly legalise rempitting and voila problem automatically solved.

    Follow the Western liberalisation. Too much punishments & draconian laws will bring us backwards compared to our peers. This is the real peer pressure.

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    • King Songlap on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:41 am

      Using your logic, better legalised songlap rasuah also as taxable income ??

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    • Ah Chong on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      How do you legalise street racing when they only do it because its illegal? Remember the last time some minister says to build a track for the rempits to “cultivate talents”, although far fetch but has some logic in it, it was kinda shot down because rempit love the thrill of doing it illegally?

      That said, Northern Region do need a motorsports facility, although we have much bigger problem that needs funding, like traffic jam.

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  • govt and relevant parties incl MOE needs to come up with solutions to the root of the problems (job prospects, shared prosperity, stake in nation, path to bright future) and not just enact more and more laws to punish these people because punishment/enforcement alone will never solve this problem

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  • drMpower on Aug 09, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    why not just hold roadblocks at those rempit areas

    and also monitoring of communications with MCMC
    say these rempits texting everyone about race here and there, why not they tap that and get to bottom of these

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    • Reckless,Ruthless,Recalcitrant(3R) Pelosi on Aug 09, 2022 at 7:58 pm

      Rempits have a dangerous doctrine: Smash into any barriers,to escape. Smash first,then see how.
      Thats why policeman also get hurt or die.
      Rempits must be rounded up…under Sosma.In lock up..they can ramp no one.In lock up..give them ajaran..moral n ugama.

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  • 4G63T DSM on Aug 09, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Problem has always been enforcement.

    After that hangat hangat tahi ayam operasi with illegally modified bikes, now everything back to normal. it was nice and quiet 2 months while it lasted.

    They could have very well continued with them to rid these nuisances from the road.

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  • the driver on Aug 09, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    The solution is really simple – as seen above responses – install surveillance cameras at the areas where racing occurs. The participants will automatically go elsewhere until there are no other places or streets that can support racing and there are not that many actually

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  • Step it up on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Normal enforcement not as effective as before so we need to step it up a notch. Allow officers to fire live round to any fleeing vehicle. Use the reason ‘its dangerous to others if they kept running away at that speed and manner’. No need to worry about noises that some quarter will produce. Just like everywhere around the world…people will forget. How many of us still remember there is a war in Ukraine?

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  • P WYK on Aug 10, 2022 at 6:44 am

    That would be the only way to save Malaysia from being a land strewn with useless people who drain the country resources and does not contribute to nation building. This disease was allowed to grow and manipulated by politicians for their votes and no consideration was taken for the good of the country in the future. Youth are supposed to be the human resources that drives the country growth economically to compete with our neighbours and not to be a burden and nuisance. The faster we accept that this disease has to stop and do something about it the better.

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  • Haters gonna hate on Aug 10, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Video recording ? You think Mat Rempits won’t change their car plate to those unreadable plate ?

    Just go check around in Klang Valley, how many workshop provide this kind of illegal plate, lower down the illegal plate first then only video recording can be useful.

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  • Levin on Aug 10, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Most of the time these mat rempit start their activities around 12AM onwards on highways. Perhaps it’s a good idea afterall to ban motorcycles on highways or restrict their time on highway usage. Almost every night after 12AM there will be mat rempits on public highways, some of them even use toll both as “starting grid”.

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  • 1. Destroy the motorcycles.
    2. Jail them for two years.
    3. Fine the parents.
    4. Shut down motorcycle workshops that does illegal modification.
    Nothing else will work.
    Will the govt do the above?

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    • Birth control on Aug 10, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      5. Free condoms to parents. Stop breeding more. Cheapest solution.

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      • Reckless,Ruthless,Recalcitrant(3R) Pelosi on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:54 pm

        Mr Birth Control..u r partially right only.
        They can pakai issue.
        But they still have half a dozen underaged kids with easy access to their bike keys.
        It is like in Pelosi land,where kids kill their siblings with easy access to guns,carelessly placed within kid’s grasp.

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    • Ah Chong on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:15 pm

      1. Strip the motorcycles for parts, give them to honest B40 for free.
      2. Send them to forced labor in the woods, solve foreign man power issue.
      3. Fine/forced community service for parents.
      4. Raid the store, again use the items raided help the b40. Good tires are still tires. Illegal parts scrap metal.

      Funds for b40, brought to you by all the illegal things. Just like our politicians.

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