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Friday, March 28, 2008

Well, new law has come. But will the law speaks for itself?

I hate Mat Rempits, and this has cheer up my day:

Jail For 'Mat Rempit' Spectators Under Amended Road Transport Act

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 (Bernama) -- Illegal motorcycle racing spectators will face up to six months' jail under a proposed amendment to the Road Transport Act 1987.

Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Datuk Muhamad Sabtu Osman said the amendment, which was already tabled in parliament, was now awaiting its second reading and subsequent approval.

Under the amendment, illegal racing spectators and those who provoked and cheered at illegal racers could face up to six months' imprisonment or up to RM2,000 in fine, or both, on conviction.

"The amendment is important and relevant to curtail illegal racing. Spectators normally get off the hook but under the new amendment, they too will be rounded up," he told a news conference Friday.

Under the new amendment, Mat Rempit(illegal motorcycle racers) can be jailed up to five years or fined up to RM5,000 and their license be suspended for three years.

For the second offence, the illegal racers can be jailed up to 10 years and fined not less than RM10,000 with their license suspended for at least five years.

Their vehicles might also be confiscated, he said.

Muhamad Sabtu said spectators who cheered at Mat Rempits were provoking them to display acts that could endanger the public and disturb public order.

"Last year 769 youths were arrested and charged. This figure is alarming and the police will no longer tolerate this," he said.

For the first two months of this year, a total of 98 youth, mostly aged 18 years and below, were arrested and charged with participating in illegal racing, he said.


Well this is good news. We'll see how much successful this will turn out to be.

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