GEORGE TOWN, June 3 — While reckless speed and devil-may-care attitude may be synonymous with the “mat rempit” (daredevil motorcyclists), it was a departure from the norm at the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway here early today.

Motorcycle stunts and death-defying feats were not the order of the day.

Rather, it was a subdued atmosphere as about 400 “mat rempit” were seen laboriously pushing their motorcycles to the Timur Laut police headquarters, about seven kilometres away.

The “mat rempit” included women, aged between 16 and 32.

Also seen pushing their machines were spectators who had gathered to watch and cheer the “mat rempit”.

The pushing of the motorcycles was an instruction from the police to the “mat rempit” and spectators after they were detained during a special operation at 2am to combat illegal motorcycle racing at the expressway.

Spearheading the traffic operation against the “mat rempit”, ASP Alhamdu Sehat said about 20 personnel from various branches of the Timur Laut police headquarters were involved.

“Some of them (mat rempit) tried to escape by riding against traffic. One of them fell down and injured himself. Nevertheless, we managed to detain them as we had cordoned off the area,” he told reporters here today.

He said a teenager, walking with the aid of a stick after he was injured while participating in a previous illegal race, was among those detained today.

Alhamdu said 37 traffic summonses were issued for various offences, including illegal modification, riding without a licence and using expired road tax. — Bernama