Proposal for stiffer law against Mat Rempit welcomed
The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) yesterday welcomed the proposal by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) for amendments be made to the Road Transport Act to curb the “Mat Rempit” (illegal motorcycle racers) menace.
Its chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, said the reason being that under the current law, an illegal racer would only face action for dangerous driving, for which penalty was not effective to deter the offender from committing the same offence again.
“The police had proposed that the Act be amended so that a heavier sentence could be meted against these speed-crazy drivers/motorcyclists, like the ‘Mat Rempit’.
“The MCPF welcomes the proposal to amend the law and introduce a special section for illegal motorcycle racers, which penalty includes seizure of their motorcycles,” he said in a statement here yesterday.
Lee suggested that youths caught taking part in illegal motorcycle racing to also be sentenced to perform up to 100 hours of community service.
He said since most of the “Mat Rempit” involved youths below the age of 19 and school drop-outs, they should be detained at the Henry Gurney School for a certain period.
He believed that by imposing heavier sentence it would deter youths from getting involved in such a menace, adding that parents should also play their role to avoid their children from getting involved with “Mat Rempit”.