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General : Cycling Way To Tackle ‘Mat Rempit’

November 11, 2011 14:45 PM

Cycling Way To Tackle ‘Mat Rempit’

KUALA TERENGGANU, Nov 11 (Bernama) — Strong interest in cycling among youth in Terengganu has prompted the state government to adopt the activity to tackle illegal motorcycle racing in the state.

State youth and sports committee chairman Rozi Mamat said a monthly carnival would now be held to encourage youth to take up cycling and leave their “mat rempit” life behind.

“This carnival can help reduce illegal racing activities around Terengganu. If previously they used motorcycles to race, now there is a change in the trend, with many of them taking up cycling.

“Some even willing to buy bicycles that are priced at thousands of ringgit,” he told reporters after launching the carnival here.

Some 600 youths took part in the carnival where they cycled for 20km around the state capital.

It was the second carnival after the “sahur” cycling programme during the last Ramadan month.

— BERNAMA

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