Blacklist Mat Rempit, send them for rehabilitation, says CAP

Some of the close to 400 motorcyclists and pillion riders nabbed during ‘Op Samseng Jalanan’ in Penang on Jan 1. (Facebook pic)

GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) wants the government to blacklist illegal motorcycle racers after hundreds of them were rounded up during an operation on New Year’s Day.

Police stopped 339 motorcyclists and 146 pillion riders during “Op Samseng Jalanan” along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway in the early hours of Jan 1.

Noting that police did well to nab the illegal racers, CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader said the authorities need to put a stop to illegal motorcycle racing once and for all.

“The reason why people keep becoming Mat Rempit is because they can get away with it most of the time,” he said in a statement today.

“To curb the Mat Rempit culture, the authorities should ban (these) individuals from getting any kind of road vehicle licence for an extended period of time.

“Some may argue that this is useless since many Mat Rempit actually do not have riding licences, (hence the need to) blacklist them,” he said.

He said those blacklisted should be sent for mandatory civic rehabilitation.

Mohideen also said the government should carry out a study on why many youths resort to illegal motorcycle racing.

He said these racers, some displaying “hoodlum attitudes”, not only endanger their own lives but also everyone else around them.