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Police vow to get tough on Mat Rempit

Published on: Friday, September 05, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: City police have pledged to take an aggressive approach to fully address the Mat Rempit menace here although it is not alarming.

Its Chief ACP M. Chandra said an operation known as "Ops Samseng Jalanan" will be intensified to tackle the Mat Rempit motorcyclists, including those causing a nuisance and disturbing the peace in public places.

"We have received several complaints about a Mat Rempit group often gathering in front of the Marina Court building here, especially during the weekends like Friday and Saturday.

"They will come in groups and hang out in the area causing nuisance which has upset those living in the area.

We will take drastic action to address this social problem.

"Actually the Mat Rempit activities here like illegal street racing are not serious and under control. Nonetheless, we will still address the matter seriously and intensify our operations to curb the problem," he said.

Chandra said this to reporters during a meet-the-client session at Api-Api Centre, here, Thursday.

He said the Mat Rempit issue was among the complaints from 50 people who came to the session to channel their complaints.

Of the 50 responses, he said a total of 30 were public complaints, of which 12 had to do with traffic matters like traffic congestion and the Mat Rempit issue, two on crime and two on narcotics.

There were also complaints about street children patronising Warisan Square and the Centre Point shopping areas as well as underage children in entertainment centres, which is an offence.

According to Chandra, the Mat Rempit here are local youths who are either working, jobless or studying in local universities and private learning institutions.

"We are serious to tackle and curb the Mat Rempit in the city area as we had done so last two weeks where 19 motorcycles and five vehicles were seized under Ops Samseng Jalanan/Mabuk.

"One Mat Rempit was arrested for steering his machine dangerously under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 and one motorcycle was found to have been stolen.

Even the spectators were also tested for drugs but the results were negative," he said.