PENANG: The growing menace of Mat Rempit in Penang will affect efforts to promote the state as a tourism destination if it is not curbed fast.
Expressing concern, Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the problem should be nipped in the bud.
The problem would affect the state’s efforts to woo tourists, especially for Visit Malaysia Year 2007, he said.
“Surely the tourists will want to think twice about coming to Penang if we have cases of Mat Rempit going around on a robbing spree,'' he told reporters after launching D-pomelo Sdn Bhd's inaugural e-loyalty system website known as Meal Avenue.
He was commenting on the early Sunday morning incident where groups of Mat Rempit had gone on a robbing spree in Seberang Prai.
Two groups of Mat Rempit robbed a family of four and another man of a total of RM750 in separate incidents between 4am and 5am.
The family was robbed of RM500 while the motorist was robbed of RM250.
Dr Koh said the police and relevant authorities would have to take swift and stern action to stop such incidents.
Such incidents caused bodily harm to people and damage to properties, and also tarnished the image of the state and country, he said.
“The public can cooperate by using the Rakan COP hotline or send a SMS on such activities to help the police to act fast,” he said.
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