Gerakan: Heavy Punishment for Mat Rempit and Snatch Thieves Press statement by Gerakan’s Head of Central Bureau on Environment, Safety and Quality of Life, Dr Cheah Soon Hai - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Gerakan: Heavy Punishment for Mat Rempit and Snatch Thieves Press statement by Gerakan’s Head of Central Bureau on Environment, Safety and Quality of Life, Dr Cheah Soon Hai

The Mat Rempit and snatch theft menace is very serious, and the government should act fast to amend the laws to impose a harsher punishment, said Gerakan’s Head of Central Bureau on Environment, Safety and Quality of Life, Dr Cheah Soon Hai.

Dr Cheah said imposing a heavier penalty would be a deterrent for the culprits, as lives and injuries had been caused by snatch thieves and Mat Rempit.

In fact, the culprits should be charged with murder, especially when the victim died, he said in a statement, also urging the Home Ministry to expedite the setting up of a committee to deal with the problem.

Early this month, Deputy Home Minister Jelaing Mersat said a joint committee would be set up to come up with a plan to fight snatch thieves and Mat Rempit.

Dr Cheah, who is also Derga assemblyman, said women should be represented in the committee.

He urged the police to intensify their surveillance and patrols in crime-prone areas as their presence would help a lot. 

He also urged bodies such RTs and JKKKs to help out, with the spirit of "all for one, one for all" to fight criminals. There should also be more TV surveillance in crime-prone areas.

“We have witnessed or heard too many snatch and Mat Rempit cases happening almost everywhere in the country, with some causing serious injuries or even deaths to the victims,” said Dr Cheah.

He said the safety of the people, especially women and children, must be protected and everyone must feel safe when going out to work, shop, eat or do his daily chores.    

“Of course, we do not forget the root of the crime and the economic hardship caused by the downturn but we must stress that crime does not pay,” he said.

Early this month, two snatch theft victims, both pregnant, died, one in Kota Baru and the other in Johor Baru.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil had also called on the police to get tough with the Mat Rempit.

“There should not be any compromise in dealing with them. They say they become Mat Rempit because they are bored. Why break the law just because you are bored?” she said at a function in Klang on April 26.

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