KUALA LUMPUR – The ‘basikal lajak’ joyriders could have the potential to be national cyclists, said Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
The Minister of Youth and Sports said, their hobby in illegal racing could be channelled into a more positive and beneficial manner, without discrimination.
Therefore, the ministry will organise training to those who are interested in cycling by providing appropriate tracks and complete safety gears.
“Some things have been done by the ministry earlier. All these have been done before the tragic accident. We will organise more cycling workshops with those groups.
“If we continue to marginalise them, they will continue to do what they did and they will lose their lives in the end.
“We can train them to become our future national cyclists. However, safety is very important and we cannot take that lightly,” he said at the lobby of the Parliament.
According to him, based on the programmes held by the ministry earlier, they found that some of them like modifying bicycles while some of them were interested in racing.
“The last programme I joined was in Gombak. There were 150 people from the basikal lajak community there.
“There were two groups. The first loves modifying. We can enrol them into National Youth Training Institute (IKBN). The second loves speed. But we cannot allow them not to have brakes,” he added.
The basikal lajak issue came back into the picture after the Johor Bahru Magistrate Court acquitted and released a female sales person from reckless driving which caused the death of eight teenage joyriders on 18 February 2017.
Several other incidences of the wee hours basikal lajak activities which endanger the public returned to flood the social media and received various reactions from the netizens.
The Deputy Director of the Road Safety Department, Wong Yau Duenn was reportedly saying that the activity needs to be banned to avoid risks of accidents on the joyriders and other road users. -MalaysiaGazette