Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s proposed to close roads in Kuala Lumpur to allow Mat Rempit to race on them. This would be to curb the number of illegal motorcycle racing incidents that have popped up recently.
“I don’t want to call them Mat Rempit but Mat Moto. We will control the situation because we realise that this is an entertainment for them. They have no other way to entertain themselves because of the high costs,” he told reporters after launching an event in Batu Caves here.
Tengku Adnan said the government was considering closing city roads in the national capital once a week and setting that aside for motorcycle racing.
“Probably in one week, one or two days, we will give it like the car-free day but only for Mat Moto to race at night.
“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
Many people disagree with the proposal as it would be a nuisance to car owners who drive past midnight. It would also be a new source of noise pollution, which we really do not need.
Road Safety Department (JKJR) director-general Abd Ghafar Yusof was reported by the Star to have been raising concerns of traffic jams and safety of people gathered to watch the races.
“Firstly, the traffic jam that can result from diverting traffic,” he was quoted saying by the daily.
“Secondly, the audience, in terms of safety because if the races are legalised and something happens to the people around, how are they going to claim for insurance and such?” he added.
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