Young people, especially teenagers are easily impressed.
At times when grand prix motorcycles are held at the Sepang Circuit, there seems to be a surge of illegal motorcycle races all over the country.
Illegal racing or “merempit motor” by youths have become a major headache to the police and the authorities. The government as a whole is at a loss as to what to do.
Under Section 81 of the Road Transport Act 1987, stern action can be taken against youths who participate in it.
Actions such as a RM2000 fine, suspension of driving licenses, even confiscation of machines have all failed to deter kampung or village youths from partaking in illegal races.
Road safety campaigns, such as Ops Sikap conducted by the authorities have all failed to bear concrete results.
Today, this menace of illegal racing has reached an alarming level. Steps should immediately taken to stem this social problem, especially among the youths of today.
I have even witnessed, as of late, school children as young as 10 or 12 years old, without safety helmets, racing away dangerously in the vicinity behind our driving institute.
Young people are easily impressed with what they see or observe. That’s why we see protests and demonstrations taking place every time well known artists are scheduled to perform in Malaysia.
Certain religious groups are afraid that our youths will be easily influenced with what they see.
In line with the above concept of thinking, it is therefore imperative that film producers and companies do not envisage to produce feature films which would influence the youths of our nation.
The Government should therefore be applauded for its recent announcement on new censorship guidelines which allow local movie makers more flexibility.
Under the above report, it was reiterated that new censorship guidelines, which came into effect on March 15th 2010, will permit film makers more flexibility.
The above report quoted, for the very first time, scripts can be submitted to the Film Censorship Board before shooting begins to be screened for offensive content, so that changes can be made accordingly.
Important to be taken into account are current trends and lifestyles that might conflict with norms in Malaysia. These actions are extremely good measures.
This means film producers no longer can come out with pictures or movies which are not suitable for the public consumption.
Prior to this, film producers have come up with a few movies which unfortunately emphasized on illegal racing. And these movies had had quite an impact on youths of the country.
Except for a few scenes which come under the Censorship Board, the movie was allowed to be screened to the public.
News have it that a new movie “V3 Samseng Jalanan” bas been renamed from its original title of “Remp It V3”.
The above movie, has it that it was embroiled in a controversy due to the Government’s stand not to glorify “mat rempits” in TV drama and movies.
The National Film Censorship Board has emphatically directed that from henceforth, movie producers can no longer show illegal racing unless the characters in it (the mat rempits) redeemed themselves in the end.
Incidentally, “V3 Samseng Jalanan” is reputed to star the dashing Farid Kamil, a 184 cm teenager showing his bike riding skills.
So, all in all, bravo and syabas to the Government, for taking such concrete and good moves to help curb the rise of illegal racing in the country today.
What I would liked was no illegal racing scenes at all be included in the up and coming movie V3 Samseng Jalanan. Irregardless of whether the hero redeems himself in the end or otherwise.
Failing which, the government effort in conducting the Ops Sikap campaigns each and every Chinese New Year, Hari Raya and Deepavali festive occasion, would have come to naught.
It is hoped, with the above suggestion, this blog have not raised a furore amongst the avid followers of Farid Kamil. Sorry brother, the safety and well being of all our motor cycling brethren all across the nation is obviously more important as it involves a matter of life and death.
Lest Farid Kamil and his fans become angry with me for making the above suggestion. Permit me to quote my English teacher, Mr. James Pandian, while I was in Form 1, who said to me, “Boy, become famous like John F. Kennedy, but remember, do not become famous and notorious like Botak Chin.
Dear Farid, become a good actor, win the Best Actor award like you did in Osman Ali’s Anak Halal, by all means, but most of all, please don’t become famous for your bike riding or merempit motor antics and capabilities. That tantamounts to becoming famous for the wrong things.