Youths are more easily affected by peer pressure as they want to be liked by a group or think it helps them fit in. While peer pressure can help propel youths to higher heights if they join the right group of friends, it can also lead them to poor behaviours.
One of these negative behaviours would be joining illegal races during midnights.
Recently, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) released a 3-year study that concluded that peer pressure is the main reason why youths in the country are attracted to illegal racing and ended up becoming mat rempits.
The study took into account the opinions and viewpoints of over 300 youth aged between 16 and 27 from Johor Bahru, Seri Alam, Kulai, Skudai and Iskandar Puteri who were involved in such activities.
According to Seri Alam police deputy chief Mohd Roslan Mohd Tahir, he said all these while, many have looked for a scapegoat to blame for the mat rempit culture, be it the government, family, or society.
“According to my research, it’s not the fault of the government, the enforcement authorities or the family. They got involved on their own and, 90% of the time, it’s due to peer pressure,” he said.
“However, this issue can be solved if the government continues to organise awareness campaigns about it,” he said during the launching of his book “Rempit Barah Dalam Masyarakat — Salah Siapa? (Rempits Are A Cancer To Society – Whose Fault Is It?)” on Saturday (6 August).
He added that the issues of mat rempit can be dealt with if the government through certain bodies continues to hold programmes such as awareness campaigns.
However, he also urged parents to play their role in advising their children against such activities.
Over the years, incidents of mat rempit involved in fatal accidents getting to the headlines are more frequent. Many have also called for the government to find an effective solution to the problem.
Responding to the matter, Road Transport Department (JPJ) said it will be looking into implementing stricter and harsher punishments for those involved in mat rempit activities.
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