KUALA TERENGGANU: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar has issued an order for the police to give serious attention to tackling the problem of "mat rempit" (illegal motorcycle racers).
"I have directed all police contingents to give serious attention to tackling the matter. Now, policemen are confronted with violence by a group of people who do not respect the law," he told reporters at an Aidilfitri celebration at the Terengganu police headquarters, here today.
He said the aggressiveness of some of these "mat rempit" was a cause for concern.
They did not only disobey regulations but were seen to be getting bolder in violating the law, he added.
Earlier, Ismail visited two injured policemen at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital here. He was accompanied by Terengganu police chief Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan.
Constable Arizan Mohamad, 24, of Sarawak suffered fracture of his left collarbone and his left leg and a head wound which required 10 stitches after a motorcyclist and his pillion rider crashed into him on Sept 15 as they tried to evade the roadblock at Jalan Masjid Zainal Abidin here.
Constable Mohd Hishamudin Shafiee, 23, was injured in the left leg while participating in a "gotong-royong" (self-help) project at the Cabang Tiga police station here on Sept 17.
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Saturday November 27, 2010
Youth club to help curb mat rempit
KUALA TERENGGANU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to launch the Terengganu Youth Motorcycle Club at the Gong Badak Indoor Stadium on Dec 18.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said said some 32,000 youths statewide are expected to be at the stadium to witness the ceremony.
During the launch, teenagers with driving licence will be registered as members of the club established with the aim of preventing teenagers from becoming mat rempit (street racers) and participating in illegal racing.
The Mentri Besar said the Terengganu government had also lined-up various programmes for the club members next year, including travelling in convoy from district to district and motivational talks.
“The issues of mat rempit and illegal racing in Terengganu had been worrying of late and the launch of the club was one of the state’s efforts to tackle the problem,” he said. – Bernama.