Police bust Genting Touge racers in surprise Karak Highway roadblock

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - In a major crackdown on illegal racing, Malaysian authorities conducted a surprise roadblock on the Karak Highway, specifically targeting motorists known as "Genting Touge" participants.

The joint operation, codenamed Ops Samseng Jalanan, involved the Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT), the Road Transport Department (JPJ), and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK). The surprise roadblock, reported by the New Straits Times, took place on Sunday, May 26th, 2024, at 7:00 AM on the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Expressway.

The location for the roadblock was strategic. The BHPetrol station on the eastbound direction, shortly after the Gombak toll plaza, is a popular gathering spot for Genting Touge enthusiasts. Footage from social media showed enforcement officers stopping all motorists at the station and conducting thorough vehicle checks.

The surprise tactic proved effective. According to reports, numerous vehicles attempted to U-turn or drive against traffic to avoid the roadblock, only to find another blockade behind them. The operation resulted in 28 summonses issued for various traffic violations. Additionally, there were several arrests, and some vehicles were impounded for failing to meet safety regulations or for having illegal modifications.

Genting Touge refers to the act of racing cars and motorcycles along the winding roads leading to the Genting Highlands resort. These races pose a significant safety risk to participants and other road users. Ops Samseng Jalanan highlights the Malaysian authorities' commitment to curbing dangerous driving behavior and ensuring road safety.

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