10 youths remanded over illegal motorcycle race during Friday prayers

ILI SHAZWANI and DZIYAUL AFNAN ABDUL RAHMAN

KANGAR: Ten youths, including 8 secondary school students have been remanded for 4 days as police looked into their involvement in an illegal motorcycle race on Friday.

The students, aged between 14 and 15, together with two others, aged 19 and 20, were nabbed by police during 'Op Mat Rempit Samseng Jalanan' at KM19 of Kuala Perlis - Cangloon Highway near Arau exit yesterday.

State Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Deputy Superintendent Rusli Yahaya said the youths would be remanded until Nov 14 to assist investigations under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 which carries up to five years' jail and fines between RM5,000 and RM15,000.

Rusli said the 10 suspects, along with 40 other motorcyclists, were made to push their machines for about 1.7km to the Arau police headquarters for further inspections.

All of them were tested negative for drugs.

"We have also issued 81 summonses for various traffic offences including to the eight students who were riding without a licence.

"Checks showed the youths had purposely fixed the race during Friday prayers as the traffic was less congested.

"The Friday operation was aimed at curbing unhealthy activities especially among school students considering the school holidays is just around the corner.

"Parents are advised to closely monitor their children's activities during this period." he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd