Sponsorship for reformed Mat Rempit
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said has challenged Mat Rempit in the state to prove their skills on a real racing track instead of terrorising others on public roads.
He said the state government was prepared to back up its challenge by sponsoring aspiring racers to represent the state in legal racing competitions.
“They race to get cheap thrills so why not prove their worth with funding from the state government?” he told reporters yesterday.
Ahmad was commenting on a recent joint operation between the police and other enforcement agencies in Malacca which resulted in the arrest of more than 100 illegal street racers.
He said the state government had a proven track record in supporting sportsmen in almost every sport.
He said the latest offer was part of its efforts to rehabilitate rather than punish.
“Operations against Mat Rempit are ongoing and we have planned several programmes to create more awareness on the dangers of street racing,” he said.
He added that among the programmes were a statewide motorcycle convoy promoting safe driving habits as well as educational courses.
Ahmad said the Mat Rempit problem was caused by the deterioration of the family institution and parental neglect.
“Some parents still deny that their sons were involved in illegal racing despite them being caught red-handed,” he said, adding that parents must be more responsible.