PUTRAJAYA, 7 May 2009: Mat rempit (illegal motorcycle racers) are now eligible to participate in the government’s trade training scheme for youths, and are guaranteed employment once they complete the courses, Director-General of Labour Datuk Ismail Abdul Rahim said today.
He said the government had allocated RM50 million for the training scheme, which was being conducted by the Human Resources Ministry at various centres throughout the country.
Those interested could contact the nearest Labour office to register for the courses, he told Bernama today.
Joint committee approved
In KUALA LUMPUR, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the proposal by the Home Ministry to set up a joint committee between relevant ministries and agencies to tackle the issue of mat rempit and illegal racing was necessary to curb such activities.
“It’s certainly necessary for us to study why such things are happening. Looking at these issues, we notice that most of those involved are youths.
“We can’t be adopting the enforcement approach all the time, because we see that it is not very effective as they will repeat the activities although punishment has been meted,” he said here today.
Musa said parents should play a role in educating the youths so that they would not indulge in immoral activities.
When asked whether it was necessary to have a rehabilitation centre for mat rempit to curb the problem, he said it must be studied thoroughly.
Yesterday, Deputy Home Minister Jeliang Mersat said the Home Ministry was deeply concerned by the people’s unhappiness over the issue as it involved violence that led to fights and even death.
Meanwhile, in SHAH ALAM, Selangor police said they would step up enforcement and operations against mat rempit and other road offenders with the addition of 248 high-powered motorcyles in the force.
The activities of mat rempit are being monitored, and the traffic police and other police units set up special squads three months ago to carry out blitzes on them from midnight until morning, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters here today.
Khalid said the focus would be on urban areas like Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya, where there was a lot of illegal racing by mat rempit.
Warning parents to monitor their children to ensure that their motorcycles were not used by children without a licence, he said action would be taken against not only the offender but also the owner of the vehicle. — Bernama