This is to get "Mat Moto" to entertain themselves, says Tengku Adnan.
The Malay Mail Online quoted Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor saying that many resorted to illegal racing because it offered economical thrills.
“I don’t want to call them Mat Rempit but Mat Moto. We will control the situation because we realise that this is a (form of) entertainment for them.
“They have no other way to entertain themselves because of the high costs,” he was quoted, while maintaining Putrajaya was not doing this to promote illegal racing.
He added that the government was considering closing city roads in the national capital once a week for the purpose of motorcycle racing.
“Probably in one week, one or two days, we will give it like the car-free day but only for Mat Moto to race at night.
“We don’t want illegal racing but we want them to race in a specific place. If they want to race, it’s okay but we give them a place where we can control with safety barriers and all.”
According to him, previous venues provided by the government for races, such as the enclosed tracks in Batu 3, Shah Alam, did not get favourable response from the public, and many returned to illegally racing in the streets.
He said Umno/Barisan Nasional would also hold programmes to get youths off illegal racing, in line with Prime Minister Najib Razak’s “Tanya Nadi Rakyat”(pulse of the people) concept.