The incoming Inspector General of Police (IGP) has criticised the Mat Rempit (illegal bikkies) as bad for tourism because legitimising these bikkies give the impression to tourists that Malaysia is a lawless country. Most Malaysians agree with him.
And I would like to add that the Mat Rempit are not only bad for tourism but dangerous to society for their reckless riding stunts amidst innocent bystanders.
But Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, the Putera Umno chief is defiant. He said the proposal to confer recognition plus a new title on the Mat Rempit into Mat Cemerlang will go ahead. Putera UMNO has organised a series of activities for the bikkies, including a dialogue with the Deputy IGP, despite the latter’s criticism of the group.
Abdul Azeez said: “The dialogue will be open and they (Mat Rempit) are encouraged to ask any questions they may have. I view this as a positive sign because as far as I know, this sort of dialogue has never been done before.”
I have no doubt that his stubborn defiance has more to do with the unseen ‘sponsor’ behind the scene.
But wait, he has startling and bloody bizarre news for us. He said: “The ultimate goal of Putera Umno is to make Mat Rempit the eyes and ears of the police and to report on the activities of rogue Mat Rempits.”
“…the eyes and ears of the police …”?
Next, we’ll have Mat Rempit performing duties that police outriders do, and even chasing and apprehending other rival bikes, rather than just 'report[ing] on the activities of rogue Mat Rempit'?
Then he finally said what we knew all along, that he admired the solidarity among Mat Rempit and, if harnessed, they could be an asset to Putera Umno.
This is how warlords form their private armies or special police force.
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