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Stiffer laws to curb mat rempit menace: Nik Aziz

KOTA BARU, 20 May 2009: Calling “mat rempit” (daredevil mortorcycle riders) “samseng jalanan” (road thugs) and imposing mandatory jail sentences on them is not deterrent enough, said Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

He said the country should have stiffer laws for this menace to instill fear in them not to engage in illegal racing and committing petty crimes.

“”Samseng jalanan” or “mat rempit”, the issue now is that they have scant respect for the law, people’s lives and property,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting here today.

He said this in commenting on the proposal by Federal Traffic Police chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof yesterday that “samseng jalanan” was a better term for “mat rempit” and mandatory jail terms be imposed on offenders. — Bernama

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