Johor Sultan Says We Should Replace The Term "Mat Rempit" With "Brother Motor"
He suggested "brother motor" as it reflects a "disciplined and courteous motorcyclist."
Yesterday, 24 March, Johor Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar advised Malaysians to stop using the label "mat rempit", as it tarnishes the image of motorcyclists
According to Bernama, he told this to the crowd at the launch of the 2018 Malaysia Bike Week Jamboree at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang site, organised by GPMoto.
The ruler, who is a motorcycle enthusiast himself, said that the term "mat rempit" gives the impression that motorcyclists are nothing but road gangsters.
Instead, the Sultan suggested the label "brother motor" to be used in its place, as it reflects a "disciplined and courteous motorcyclist"
He explained that, "it is also to show that motorcyclists are a close-knit group, like a family."
The Sultan reminded "brother motors" to always be careful on the road and not treat it like a race circuit
Bernama reported that the Johor ruler told the crowd a story of when he reprimanded motorcyclists racing in front of Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.
He told them to"try and put yourselves in patients’ shoes," adding that, "Perhaps, if there is a "brother motor" in the ward, he might complain, "babe, how can you make so much noise when I am suffering here!"
The Johor ruler added that parents should keep an eye on their children, and not allow them to ride motorcycles without a licence
"Let them cry now, rather than us mourning later," he said.