Malaysian Police Considering Noise Pollution Law to Curb Mat Rempit Dilemma
The Mat Rempit dilemma is back again and this time Malaysian authorities are considering the noise pollution law as a means of addressing the problem. The issue resurfaced again after the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, voiced his disapproval on motorcyclists who use the stretch in Jalan Pantai Lido in Johor Baru as a race track.
Superintendent Mustafa Bakri Salleh, who is the Deputy Director of the Federal Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department, said his department would engage the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry to hold Mat Rempits liable for noise pollution.
The law states that noise beyond 75 decibels (dB) is considered pollution.
In addition, he also stated that during Op Samseng Jalanan, there will be more spotchecks on modified machines with exhaust pipes that are intentionally changed to generate loud noises. Offenders will be charged under Section 23 of the Environmental Quality Act 1974, and will be slapped with a maximum fine of RM100,000 or jailed for not more than five years, or both.
Mat Rempit-ing, if there’s such a term, not only endangers the lives of the rider but of other road users as well. However, we can’t categorise all motorcyclists as Mat Rempits as there are many law-abiding Mat Motos too.
If we can find a way to channel the enthusiasm of these young adults into legal races on the track, like having a reasonable entry fee to these tracks (but they must be properly kitted), Malaysia as a country might be churning out many future MotoGP riders and champions.