A STUDY ON ILLEGAL MOTORCYCLE RACING IN MALAYSIA: SOME EVIDENCES FROM ILLEGAL RACING LOCATIONS
 
Ismail, R.B, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia
 
This study explored the phenomenon of illegal racing (hell riders) in Malaysia. It has been reported that there is an increased in the activities recently, and has become a great concern for the authorities, the government and the society as a whole. The study aimed to identify the underlying and contributing factors to this activity. The study used participant observation technique to observe racers behavior in several racing locations. In another sub-study hundred subjects believed to be illegal racers and ex-illegal racers were interviewed. Results showed that the race took place from 12 mid-night until dawn. Socio-psychological factors such as peer-group influence and 'good reward' from sponsors were among the factors that attracted them to be involved. It was also found that certain personality type such as neuroticism and psychotisism are associated with the involvement of illegal racing. Key word: illegal motorcyclist racing, hell riders, socio-psychological factors, peer-group influenced and personality traits