As the government relaxes the Covid-19 SOPs, there has been an increase of rempit activities in some areas in Johor.
In a recent Facebook post, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) in Johor revealed that some teenagers have turned an area in Taman Kota Masai, Pasir Gudang, Johor into a hotspot for them to perform dangerous stunts on motorcycles.
The group even dubbed the hotspot Sekolah Wheelie (School of Wheelie).
However, the police in Johor have raided the “school” in a recent operation after the location once again became the spotlight following a fatal accident involving 4 teenagers, a week before the Aidilfitri celebration.
Head of the Johor Traffic Enforcement Investigation Department (JSPT), Superintendent M. Kumarasan said the police have been proactive in curbing such dangerous activities by conducting a Special Motorcycle Ops in conjunction with Ops Selamat 18 Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
As of 4 May, the police have issued a total of 81 summons and 105 motorcycles were being inspected. Most offences involved non-wearing of helmets.
“Based on the statistics of OP Selamat 18 Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2022, motorcyclists fall under the highest category in terms of contributing to the number of fatal accidents,” Kumarasan elaborated.
Meanwhile, netizens praised the police for their efforts in curbing the mat rempit activities.
“Hope this operation is kept ongoing. Many teenagers without a license have been involved in such dangerous activities in the area.” a netizen said.
“It has become a cowboy town and it’s scary to go there. Can’t even get a parking spot and it’s even tougher to exit at the junction as these kids keep on coming.” another netizen shared.
That’s not all about it. Some netizens think that the parents should be held responsible for their children’s actions too.
“Don’t forget to fine the parents as well for allowing their underage children to ride motorcycles.” a netizen commented.
We hope that parents would spend more effort in monitoring their children and educating them on the dangers when using the road.