PDRM will strengthen efforts to curb resurgence of ‘Mat Rempit‘ scourge as nation enters endemic phase.
PDRM warns that shift to endemic phase may foster return of ‘Mat Rempit’ scourge.
Trending now are youths (teenagers) committing dangerous acts on motorcycles to chase social media hype and views.
To curb this, PDRM will ramp up efforts which includes greater monitoring online.
The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is set to ramp up its efforts at curbing the ‘Mat Rempit’ scourge from resurging as the nation progresses into the endemic phase.
The effort includes increased monitoring of illegal ‘Mat Rempit’ activities online and on social media platforms according to deputy director of the Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department DCP Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain who confirmed this with local newspaper TheSun.
He cautions that the nation’s shift into the endemic phase may contribute to an increase in activities as such where motorcycle groups engage in illegal acts. He also noted the rise in youths, particularly teenagers, committing dangerous acts on motorcycles for the sake of creating content and garnering views on social media.
DCP Datuk Mohd Nazdri reminded that offenders doing so can be charged under the Road Transport Act 1987, whereas those also involved in street gangsterism can be charged under Section 42 (1).
“This phenomenon is a serious social problem involving mainly teenagers and efforts are being intensified by police to address the problem as best as possible,” he told theSun.
DCP Datuk Mohd Nadzri said this while commenting on an incident on Saturday where three youths aged between 15 and 16 were reportedly killed after they were involved in a crash while riding motorcycles in Masai, Johor.
According the Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, their recent “Ops Samseng Jalanan” saw a total of 632 offenders arrested plus 9,117 summonses issued. DCP Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain said 399 operations were conducted, leading to the confiscation of 967 vehicles too.
“This was done between January and March and reflects our commitment to combat street gangsterism at the grassroots,” he further added.