[PHOTOS] Mat Rempits' New Year Joyride Turns Sour After Police Set Up A Surprise Roadblock
Hundreds of motorcyclists revving their engines in the wee hours of the new year were stopped by the police at a surprise roadblock in Penang
According to Bernama, the police arrested 339 motorcyclists and 146 pillion riders during 'Ops Samseng Jalanan' on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway, Bayan Lepas yesterday, 1 January.
Barat Daya District Police Chief Superintendent A. A. Anbalagan said teens as young as 14 years old were among those arrested.
A total of 400 summonses were issued to the 'mat rempits' for various offences
The Star reported that the operation, which ran from 3am to 5am, fined motorcyclists for riding without driving licences, expired road tax, riding dangerously, and unauthorised modification on their motorcycles.
"We also seized nine motorcycles left by motorcyclists who ran away because they might not have a licence or guilty of other offences," Harian Metro quoted Anbalagan as saying.
The district police chief said that those who were arrested will undergo urine tests.
Photos of the operation went viral on social media, prompting thousands of netizens to commend the police for the successful bust
A post, published by Info Roadblock JPJ/Polis, was liked by over 15,000 Facebook users at the time of writing.
The caption claimed that there were almost a thousand 'mat rempits' cornered by the police that night.
"Congratulations PDRM for catching these 'mat rempits' who endanger other road users," a Facebook user commented.
Another netizen wrote, "This is the best and congratulations to the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). It is (just the first day of the) new year 2020 and these 'mat rempits' already got caught."
"It is like this every year, yet these 'mat rempits' are not learning. They should know the police will conduct road operations on the night of the new year," a netizen remarked.
Meanwhile, in Kuala Lumpur, 61 teens were arrested for joyriding with their illegally modified bicycles on New Year's Eve: