Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Coummunity vs Society II

Bloggin bloggin bloggin! I had such difficulties adding up other classmates link to my page. I spent almost an hour trying to copy paste their links then type their names and such, sigh. Anyways! last week lecture was interesting. I thought the documentary they made about Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter Trailer (1969) was really good. Indeed there`s no commentary voice involved but you still get that vibe of energy from watching it. Jenny then gave me an idea when she mentioned about the bikers community in class. So i thought, Graffiti would make such a good documentary project but then, I don`t have much sources and materials other then depending to my only friend (drewfunk) . When the word bikers mentioned, coming from Malaysia, bikers community there which are well known as 'MAT REMPIT' has a huge negative impact on Malaysia . Mat rempit is a malay term for the illegal street racers who say they do stunts to get over the stress of modern society.I`m sure most of my Malaysian classmates who`s reading this would agree with me. It then hit me to do a documentary about them. Why not do something that i have a better understanding of, as this issue is always out in the news every single day.

How much trouble can you cause with a little motorbike?

Well, in the hands of a Mat Rempit, it can be a great cause of irritation to other road users.

Mat Rempits have annoyed the Malaysian nation with their reckless riding and total disregard for other road users.

According to, a Mat Rempit is a Malaysian term for an individual who participates in illegal street racing usually involving small motorcycles of less than 200cc, also known as Kapcai, or scooters. 'Mat' is a Malay slang term used to refer to a person with stereotypical characteristics of a Malay person.The term 'Rempit' comes from the combination of the words 'ramp it'; to ramp the throttle. Also they are known as Thugs-On-Wheels (TOW) by the police. Mat Rempits usually travel in big groups of over 30 bikes and race in bustling city centres on weekend nights till the wee hours of the morning. It is estimated that there are about 200,000 Mat Rempits in Malaysia, according to

So, what is the conflict of documentary for this?

It`s the idea of how society dislike them but yet the rempit community keeps on defending themselves saying they do not do anything wrong .

-Why they are into this kind of activity?
-They know that they are portraying bad image of Malaysia especially among the Malays, but yet they still do it, why?
-What is their f***in problem?!

These are the questions that I like to find and put into the project.

The media plays a big part in portraying this community so I will look into that as well.

What a big jump from graffiti to this community, lol!


  1. As a Malaysian, I totally understand the whole issue surrounding Mat Rempits. In KL I always hear the vroomvrooms of their motorbikes, quickly followed by the sound of police car sirens haha. It definitely is an issue in Malaysia, and it's cool that you'll be doing your doco on that.
    Your documentary sounds like it will be really interesting! Best of luck with getting it done and hope to see it at the end of the semester!

  2.'d think it was only a 'little' motorbike, but put 20 of them together swarming around your car and it's quite scary..hehe.