KUALA TERENGGANU: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun yesterday commended the move by the Terengganu state government to build a racing circuit in Gong Badak, Kuala Nerus, to overcome the problem of illegal motorcycle racers or Mat Rempit.
He said the construction of the racing circuit had succeeded in reducing the problems posed by illegal motorcycle racers in the state by 90 per cent.
“The problem of illegal motorcycle racing has been a nuisance to us. Some traffic personnel were even knocked down during operations to curb such activities in the Klang Valley and Selangor.
“In Terengganu, the government under the leadership of Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman has taken the extraordinary initiative of building a RM14 million racing circuit to eradicate the problem.
“To my knowledge, no other state government has done this. I am thankful the measure has been effective,” Fuzi said.
He was speaking to reporters after an appreciation ceremony with the menteri besar in conjunction with the Police Day celebration, which was also attended by Terengganu police chief Aidi Ismail here today.
Meanwhile, Razif said the idea to build a racing circuit was based on the request of the illegal racers themselves and the state government saw it as a move to overcome the problem of illegal motorcycle racing here.
“The concept of New Terengganu Transformation (TTB) is inclusive as the target groups identify the best solution for their own problems.
“Sometimes, people are happier following their own ideas and the racing circuit is operated by themselves and we found the results were very positive,” he said.
Razif said the state government had also created a special village, called Saadah Community Centre, to allow former drug addicts to start afresh.
The project was implemented in Kuala Nerus with 70 former drug addicts last month. – Bernama