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Police to go after 'Mat Rempit' in KK

Published on: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: City police will be carrying out more holistic and organised approaches to tackle the 'Mat Rempit' menace and illegal racing here although these are not alarming.

Its Deputy Police Chief, Supt. M. Chandra said the force will not be complacent in addressing the social problems which involve a mixed crowd of university students and teenagers.

"Actually the 'Mat Rempit' and illegal racing issues here are not serious as they are under control in comparison to Kuala Lumpur.

"Nonetheless, we are not going to be at ease about these two matters and we chose to adopt a holistic and organised ways to tackle them like continuing doing roadblocks in the weekends and public holidays, conduct urine tests on motorcyclists and utilising the police mobile units, among others," he said.

Chandra said this to reporters when met during a meet-the-people session with police at Servay Likas here from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday.

Among others police received complaints on the roar of motorcycles in the wee hours, seven complaints on suspicious crime activities and presence of illegal immigrants in Kg.Likas, and one complaint on drug activity in Sembulan.

Also present were City Police Traffic and Public Order chief DSP Peter ak Umbuas and other officials.

Chandra said police are also keeping an eye on three identified stretches here that are regularly used by motorcyclists and motorists for illegal racing.

On legal action, he said the traffic police would look into illegal modification on the motorcycles and vehicles so that the owners can be booked under the Road Transport Act.

For instance, he said, modifying the exhaust of motorcycles and cars to emit loud sound would also be referred to Puspakom to check whether its original specifications have been changed.

Chandra advised youths to not join any illegal racing or make modifications on their machines that could be against the law.