KUALA LUMPUR— Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor announced yesterday that the government is planning to organize legal street races for “mat rempits” to curb the illegal motorcycle scene.
For Adnan, Malaysians turn to illegal racing due to economic issues, in a way claiming that they don’t channels to release their stress especially with the current economic landscape.
“I don’t want to call them Mat Rempit but Mat Moto. We will control the situation because we realise that this is simply just entertainment for them. They have no other way to entertain themselves because of the high costs,” he said at a launch event in Batu Caves.
Adnan claims that the government is considering closing roads in the center of Kuala Lumpur, similar to “KL Car Free Morning” just for these organized races.
“We don’t want illegal racing but we want them to race in a specific place. If they want to race, it’s okay but we give them a place where we can control with safety barriers and all,” he explained.
He reaffirmed that the government is not trying to encourage illegal racing, but was thinking of ways to promote alternatives to the problem, like safe and well organized races. .
“We will provide a suitable place and probably we will organise fiesta, we call food trucks selling food and other things to help them so that they will not have illegal racing.”
Since upgrading the education system, encourage arts and culture activities among the youth, and educate the youth on managing their finances, are too overrated to be called solutions to help curb the problem, maybe endorsing “mat rempits” is the best idea to control the illegal motorcycle scene. Who knows, we might even have our very own RX-Z-riding, Repsol-endorsed Valentino Rossi to make Malaysia proud anytime soon.