Government Plans To Close KL Roads At Night So That Mat Rempits Can Race Legally

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor prefers to call them Mat Moto (motorcycle enthusiasts).

Cover image via The Malay Mail Online

The government is mulling over the idea of allowing Mat Rempits to race in KL city at night to counter the growing number of illegal motorcycle racing problem

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the night track would be modelled after the bi-weekly Car-Free morning, where several roads in Kuala Lumpur would be closed to traffic for few hours to enable cyclists to ride on it.

He said he had discussed the proposal with Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz.

“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,” he said.

Preffering the term 'Mat Moto' for the rempits, Tengku Adnan said that many of these Malaysians have turned to illegal racing because it is a form of entertainment

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

Image via Malaysia Gazette

"I don't want to call them Mat Rempit but Mat Moto. We will control the situation because we realise that this is an entertainment for them. They have no other way to entertain themselves because of the high costs," he told reporters.

"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," he explained.

Tengku Adnan also said that the government has previously organised races in enclosed tracks like the one in Batu 3, Shah Alam but added that the public response was not favourable, which was why many returned to racing illegally in the streets.

The Federal Territories Minister added that the government also has plans to organise other activities that are beneficial for these street racers

"We will provide a suitable place and probably we will organise a fiesta, where we call food trucks and other things to help them so that they will not race illegally," he said.

This time, healthy activities related to their interests would be held to educate these enthusiasts, he said. He gave an example on how they could benefit by learning more about their motorcycles.

"From there they can be mechanics, open workshops, (we) upgrade them."

Last year, someone proposed the ban on the sales of motorcycles with 90-300CC to curb rempit activities:

Last September, a traffic policewoman succumbed to her injuries after she was tragically run over by a 17-year-old motorcyclist:

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