Annual national motorcycle convention pulls in 50,000 visitors

Halim Said

PASIR GUDANG: A national motorcycle gathering here drew more than 50,000 visitors to the Johor Circuit here since yesterday morning.

The annual carnival, which sees the gathering of mostly 110cc motorcycle owners is organised by a coalition of motorcycle clubs in the state comprising of 531 clubs.

According to the event secretariat advisor Abdullah Md Yusof, the event has never fail to receive participation from various motorcycle clubs in the state as well from the other states and other Asean countries.

The gathering brings together the motorcycles owners as they convened to showcase their modified machines and riding skills in a safe and non-threatening environment.

“The stigma of today’s society is these local motorcycle owners will always be associated with ‘mat rempit’ but we want the community to know that these mat rempit can change for the better provided there are support from all parties,” he said.

He said the carnival, dubbed Serlahkan Kehebatan Carnival, aims to provide a safe venue for motorsports enthusiasts to gather.

“There are racing competitions as well as fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy from morning till night,” he said.

The carnival also made history when it was recorded in the Malaysian Book of Records for the biggest gathering of Modenas motorcycle owners with 1,662 motorcycles gathered at the circuit during the record breaking attempt that was verified by Malaysian Book of Records officials.

Also present at the event today was deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi who commended the organiser for holding the event which takes motorcyclists off the streets and prevented them from joining illegal mat rempit races, which is dangerous not only to the riders but other road users.

“I must remind road users that the Road Transport Department demerit point system has come into effect starting today and for each road offences, points will be slashed down to reflect the severity of the offence.”

He said failing to maintain good merit points will cost the person his or her driving license.

“Points will be deducted base on the offence and the person may end up having their driving license revoked if they are caught with committing the offence during a Road Transport Department operation.”