Ambulance driver attacked by Mat Rempit racers

mat-rempit_Ambulance_600PETALING JAYA: An ambulance driver ferrying a patient received four stiches on his face after a group of Mat Rempit youths on motorcycles allegedly set on him and his colleague when he told them to give way to his vehicle.

In the incident at 1.40am today, the 53-year old man sustained wounds around his right eye and a female nurse with him in the ambulance was knocked over near the North-South Highway’s (PLUS) north Taiping toll plaza.

Berita Harian reported that the victim, who declined to be identified, was driving the patient from the Parit Buntar Hospital to the Taiping Hospital when he saw the youngsters, who appeared to be racing, at the traffic light junction near the toll plaza.

“Because what they were doing was dangerous, I used the hailer to advise them to give way to us,” he said.

“However, my action made them angry and they rammed into the ambulance and one of them fell off.”

He said the group then blocked the ambulance’s path with their motorcycles and four to six of them opened the ambulance door and pulled him out before beginning to hit him.

The nurse who was caring for the patient at the back of the ambulance immediately got out to help him but she was knocked down by the youths who then escaped.

The driver lodged a police report in Taiping after having sent the patient safely to the hospital and later received treatment for his wounds when he returned to Parit Buntar.

He said he had noted down the licence plate number of one of the motorcycles used during the incident and the police had identified its owner.

He said the area where the attack took place was often used for illegal racing by youths on motorcycles and cars, especially during weekends.