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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ku Nan continues to receive flak over ‘Mat Rempit’ idea

Activists and lawmakers offer "solutions' to the real problem, and poke fun at BN's "People First, Performance Now" motto.

PETALING JAYA - Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor’s idea to hold “legal races” in the road of Kuala Lumpur, continues to receive flak from activists and Opposition lawmakers alike.

Tariq Ismail, the grandson of former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman took to Facebook last night to offer his snarky take on the matter.

He posted: “The KL Night races idea is such a hair brain solution. It’s not only about the race per se, but the gambling that surrounds these races, the booty bounty the winners get, the safety of the participants and not to mention, a real eyesore.

“Now think about this solution,” he said, before outlining a few of his own to resolve the pesky Mat Rempit issue.

He proposed for several race tracks, which the racers had been given before, to be upgraded, so that they could race in a controlled environment.

“You control the influence of bookies and your turning into bohsia, you help develop the economy by creating infrastructure, allow retail to be set up at these places, and get sponsors to advertise their products thus subsidising via the private sector,” he said.

“The youth need guidance, not freedom to run rampant.”

Lawyer cum social activist Art Harun remarked, “Soon, what is the similarity between Mat Rempits and VVIPs with outriders?

“Yes. People clear the roads for them.”

Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh also slammed the idea, saying: “Mat rempit didahulukan, yang menerima biasiswa untuk belajar diberhentikan. Inilah motto Barisan Nasional, rakyat didahulukan, pencapaian diutamakan.” (Illegal racers prioritised, scholarships for studying students, stopped. This is Barisan Nasional’s motto – People first, Performance now.)

Tengku Adnan, better known as Ku Nan, had on Monday said the government would soon be closing city roads in the capital at nights, so that illegal racers could “entertain themselves.” - FMT

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