Mat Rempit, an unsolved social problem…

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The illegal racers, or “Mat Rempit”, as they are known to many Malaysians, hail mostly from the ethnic Malay majority, which forms about 60 percent of Malaysia’s population of 30 million, with a sprinkling from its tiny ethnic Indian grouping.

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Joseph Sipalan

Added April 2018

Crowds of light motorbikes gun their engines in parts of the Malaysian capital after dark, as their young riders face off in impromptu races to decide who is the fastest and most skilful, sometimes with dozens of vehicles pitted against each other.

The illegal racers, or “Mat Rempit”, as they are known to many Malaysians, hail mostly from the ethnic Malay majority, which forms about 60 percent of Malaysia’s population of 30 million, with a sprinkling from its tiny ethnic Indian grouping.

Many conservative Malaysians frown upon the bike riders’ decades-old culture, fearing the pastime’s potential to encourage gambling, drug abuse, snatch thefts and sexual promiscuity, not to mention daredevil riding.

“There are some ‘Mat Rempit’ nowadays who race as a career, with rewards of money and the attention of young women,” said one former rider, who asked to be identified only as Ziad, because of the sensitivity of the topic.

“They gather to look for trouble, and some even place bets on ramming through police roadblocks,” he added.

The phenomenon has grown beyond its origins in gatherings of young people seeking the rush of adrenaline from riding at high speed, he said.

Police arrested as many as 467 people in 1,400 operations targeting the “Mat Rempit” and illegal motorcycle racing in 2011, the most recent year for which such data are available.

Read the article here: https://widerimage.reuters.com/story/street-racing-in-kuala-lumpur

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MAT REMPIT DAN GEJALA PERLUMBAAN HARAM DI MALAYSIA ( ‘MAT REMPIT’ AND ILLEGAL MOTORCYCLE RACING IN MALAYSIA)

Rozmi Ismail

ABSTRACT

This paper reported a preliminary study on Mat Rempit’s activities and illegal motorcycle racing. Mat Rempit activities are becoming very popular among teenagers especially in major cities and towns in Malaysia. This phenomenon has created a new sub-culture amongst Malaysian teenagers. This study focused on psycho-social factors that encourage teenagers to involve in illegal motorcycle racing and to survey racing backgrounds (eg. racing types, time, places, prizes, etc.). Data was obtained through interview and live observations at the racing scene. One hundred racers and ex-racers had cooperated as respondents to feed this research with information. Results showed that Malay teenagers between 17-22 years old are the most involved in this activities. Also, moderating factors have been identified which are psychological factors where neurotic and extrovert personality traits and high level of self-esteem are found to correlate with racing involvement. Meanwhile, sociological factors such as peers, greatness flaunting culture and prizes are encouraging teenagers’ involvement in illegal racing activities. Family and community roles to curb these unhealthy activities are suggested.

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http://spaj.ukm.my/ppppm/jpm/article/view/92

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Malaysia has MAT REMPIT and SUPERBIKERS!

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