The term "Mat Rempit' has been found to be somewhat glamourising for the things they've been doing.
It gives them a high and they are encouraged and, of course, emboldened, to continue doing their dangerous antics on our roads.
They are a real menace because they ride their motorcycles in big numbers -- very very fast and threatening to other road users.
Despite some of them having been caught and convicted, the punishment meted out has not been a deterrent.
Currently, the punishment for reckless driving is a jail term of not more than five years or a fine of between RM5,000 and RM10,000, or both.
But Federal traffic police chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Abd Aziz Yusof said that most of them only have to pay a fine when convicted.
He thinks this is too light. I think so too. That is why the police are calling for mandatory jail for these samseng jalan convicted of endangering the public by speeding or riding recklessly.
Abd Aziz said the (proposed) harsher punishment is meant to strike fear into them.
Well, I don't know of anybody who is tolerant, let alone, forgiving of these guys' dangerous antics on the road.
I know personally, of people who were victims of these samseng. A traumatic experience.
That is the route I take from my father's house in Section 16, PJ to my house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
I have had close calls with these menacing monkeys.
One time after midnight and on returning from a "tahlil" at my sister's house in Subang Jaya, I was caught at a traffic intersection near Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
I was so incensed by their antics that I wanted to mow them down but, of course, the grace of God stopped me. :-). And the fact that Adel and Shaira were with me.
All this is good, of course. Let's hope that traffic enforcement against them is just as tough, in order to be effective. Not the occasional token operations.