the star sept 17 , 2006Penang bikers ask state to provide a racing track
MERDEKA CONVOY: The 300 motorcycle enthusiasts participating in the ride around Penang Island in conjunction with the closing of Merdeka celebrations on Saturday.
PENANG: Three hundred bikers, denouncing illegal racing, rode in a convoy from Bayan Baru to the Esplanade here to deliver a note to the state: “Give us a real racing track.”
Convoy head Syed Mohammad Ridha Aidid said they suggested in their memorandum that a site in Batu Maung, on the southern part of the island, be turned into a “motor city” with a racing circuit for motorcycles.
He said if Mat Rempit (illegal racers) were given a safe and proper place, they would choose not to risk their lives and that of other road users.
“Instead of banging hard on the Mat Rempit, we are trying to promote healthier activities that will interest them such as this patriotic Merdeka convoy,” he told reporters here yesterday.
The 300 participants on 150 motorcycles cruised around the island before heading towards the Esplanade for the state-level closing of the month-long National Day celebrations.
They handed the memorandum to a state government representative at the end of the ceremony.
The convoy was organised by Kelab Ikhwan, a sports, culture and recreational club and sponsored by Celcom joint venture company Koperasi Ikatan Muafakat Ummah.