The youths of today have created a problem which the government does not seem to be able to solve. “Illegal racing” or better known as “merempit motor” is popular among the young. Anyone involved in the illegal racing of motorcycles will be charged under Section 81 of the R.T.O (Road Traffic Ordinance) 1987.
What does a person involved in illegal racing face under the above said section 81? He actually faces:
1) ARM2000 fine or
2) A 6 month prison sentence
3) Or he might even be handed both the above sentences.
4) His license will be suspended for 1 year.
Should a person be involved for a 2nd time in illegal racing, the penalty would be:
1) A fine of RM5000 or
2) A prison sentence of 1 year or both as in (1) and (2)
3) His license will then be suspended for 3 years.
As far as the writer is aware, it seems Parliament has passed a law to “confiscate” the motor used in illegal racing. Whether this is true or otherwise, cannot yet be ascertained.
Nevertheless, the above is definitely a good move.
Looking at the “Mat Rempit” menace itself, the inability of the authorities to curb this problem successfully is a grave concern.
Sterner actions should thus be introduced. Some quarters have gone to the extent of suggesting “whipping” as one of the resorts.
Whether this would be accepted or introduced is left to be seen. But something concrete has to be done.
Otherwise the “Mat Rempit” menace the country faces today will escalate into greater magnitude. By that time, it will then be too late to solve.