Sunday, May 10, 2009

Heavier penalty mulled for snatch thieves, mat rempit


JOHOR BARU: The police and the Road Transport department (JPJ) are reviewing existing laws to enable a heavier punishment for snatch thieves and ‘mat rempit’, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

He said the move between the two parties was still ongoing but he hoped that a decision would be reached as soon as possible given the current situation.

“At this time, it is unfair for me to say what form of punishment is suitable for them as I don’t want to ‘jump the gun’.

“Both parties are proactive in working together to come up with the best solution,” he told pressmen after attending the state-level MCA 60th anniversary here Sunday.

Ong said that both government agencies were also working together in streamlining their enforcement jurisdiction on snatch thieves and ‘mat rempit’ to avoid any overlap.

When asked whether a motorcycle box should be made compulsory so that riders could keep their bag in it to prevent snatch thefts, Ong said the situation has not reached that extent.

“Suggestions such as that need the consideration and input from JPJ, police as well as members of the public,” he said.

Last week, Jamilah Selamat, 31, who was two months pregnant and four-month pregnant Saripah Mohd Nor, 33 were killed in two separate incidents when their bags were snatched while they were on motorcycles.

Jamilah died of severe head injuries when her head hit a pavement after falling off the motorcycle and Saripah was knocked down by a car after falling off her motorcycle.

Earlier, Ong, who is MCA president, attended the graduation ceremony for Southern College here.

He urged the college to be more proactive in exploring new frontiers to enable the students to be more career-ready.

Same old crap! After a couple of innocents die these people talk. This Rempit shit has been going on for over a decade now. The cops "gave them too much face" all these years and now we hear more talk! These shitheads are too fast for your water cannons? Use your heads and figure out something fast. We all know that arresting demonstrators is easy. How about catching these Rempit assholes!

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