KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government aims to capitalise on the strong interest in cycling among youths by organising monthly carnivals to curb the Mat Rempit problem.
Terengganu Youth and Spots committee chairman Rozi Mamat said the carnival would encourage youths to cycle in groups, while adhering to the rules such as wearing a helmet and safety gears.
“We are confident they will be able to leave the life of illegal racing when they start cycling.
“We discovered that most youths like to cycle at night and thus, we will organise the carnivals at night with participation from local leaders as well,” he said after launching the Cycling Carnival at Batu Burok here on Thursday night.
He said cycling was a healthy activity and much safer compared to riding motorcycles recklessly.
“The Mat Rempit problem, especially in the state’s capital here is very prevalent.
“We have tried the enforcement route but it is now for a new approach,” he said adding that, educating and rehabilitating the speed demons was a better way to curb the problem.
Rozi said the target group for such carnival was youths aged between 13 and 20 but he was delighted that adults as well as parents came to take part in the event.
“I feel this activity is very useful to gather the youths to engage in a healthy activity.
“I hope the activity will result in more awareness of the dangers of illegal motorcycle racing as well as to spur an interest in cycling,” he said.
Rozi was among more than 600 participants, who took part in the cycling carnival.
The group cycled some 20km.