Police have identified some of the Mat Lajak hotspots.
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Police have identified several roads in Perlis where basikal lajak (modified bicycle) groups gather for their dangerous acts.
The state’s Police Chief Datuk Surina Saad said one of the locations identified as often the focus is near a fast-food restaurant in Jalan Kampung Bakau-Padang Behor.
She was quoted by Harian Metro as saying that the police will take action against the group of Mat Lajak involved, including their parents and guardians.
The use of climbing bikes is indeed not allowed, and if caught, we will take action, including against the parents and guardians of the child or the individual concerned.Perlis Police Chief Datuk Surina Saad on the crackdown against basikal lajak groups.
She said this to reporters after attending the handover ceremony of the new Padang Besar District Police Chief at the Padang Besar District Police Headquarters (IPD) here today.
The reassurance by the police could not have come at a better time, after the outcry over the sentencing of Sam Ke Ting to six years’ jail and an RM6,000 fine, or six months jail in default.
Sam was punished for dangerous driving, causing the death of eight teenagers riding ‘basikal lajak’ (modified bicycles) in Johor Bahru in 2017.
Netizens have accused the police of inaction, allowing the Mat Lajak boys to room the roads unhindered and pose a constant threat to motorists.
Hairannya pihak Polis dan JPJ tak pernah pula terserempak atau menangkap geng basikal lajak ni…. pic.twitter.com/l84cItZr9S— Akaun Adik Guna (@kuhaslinda_a1) April 17, 2022
However, the police did take action, especially after Sam’s incident.
Despite that, some feel that the authorities had taken only minimal action.
Feb 18, 2017 – incident involving 8 deaths— BigJoe470 (@BigJoe470) April 15, 2022
Aug 25, 2017 – Police caught 10 youths with basikal lajak.
In other words, 8 deaths will not stop kids from racing on basikal lajak unless the law gets firm with them and their parents.https://t.co/Fgb6bxykI5
They lamented that other Mat Lajak boys continue to carry out their dangerous stunts at night.
Some said the only remedy, for now, is to install dashcams in case the Mat Lajak boys cause another accident.
Mana lah tahu, berhenti di traffic light tiba-tiba kena sondol dengan basikal lajak. Kalau ada rear cam, bolehlah cerita dekat balai polis. Kalau tak susah juga nak explain nanti.— Roman Akramovich (@SyedAkramin) April 15, 2022
Ini dashcam + rear cam combo yang dapat rating tinggi di Shopee.
Link – https://t.co/iDjRoTZk1R