Like the Mat Rempit issue, this is a social problem and not just an individual or family problem.
The solution lies not in parents trying to control their wayward teens. You could fine the parents of kids you catch, or even put the kids or their parents in jail. That would not work.
13 young cyclists detained for modifying bikes and riding dangerously
Monday, 09 Sep 2019
KAJANG: A total of 13 youngsters were detained for riding “basikal lajak”, following an operation at Saujana Impian here.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof said the children, aged between nine and 15, were found to have ridden their bicycles in a dangerous manner at Jalan Impian Makmur while going downhill towards Sekolah Saujana Impian at about 6pm Sunday (Sept 8).
“Traffic police personnel also seized the bicycles.
“The bicycles were modified and did not meet safety specifications,” he said when contacted on Monday (Sept 9).
Those detained were brought to Kajang Police District Headquarters’s Traffic Investigations and Enforcement division, along with their bicycles, he added.
“Their parents were also called up to the police headquarters and they were given an explanation on the dangers of ‘basikal lajak’ and the high probability of getting involved in accidents.
“The parents agreed not to take back the seized bicycles and leave it to the police for further action,” he said.
Those detained were also released soon after, ACP Ahmad Dzaffir added.
“The case is classified under Section 112(3) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for modifying the bicycles and the riders were also fined,” he said.
11 January 2018
Not again! Two boys killed, one injured as car ploughs into Johor mosquito bikers
Published on Jan 10, 2018
8 January 2018
11 boys arrested for riding modified bicycles
KAJANG: Eleven boys were arrested by the police yesterday for riding modified bicycles.
District police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Dzaffir Yusoff said the boys, aged between 11 and 16, were detained at Taman Semenyih Mewah here at 5.30pm.
“An enforcement team went to the scene after receiving a tip-off. We picked up 11 boys and seized 11 modified bicycles (basikal lajak).
“Our Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department then issued 11 summonses under Rule 11 and 42(1) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 (LN 166/59) for modifying the brake and bell.
All boys were later released.
Geng ‘basikal lajak’ Kajang kena cekup https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/kes/2018/01/372603/geng-basikal-lajak-kajang-kena-cekup …
Putting the brakes on ‘mat lajak‘ menace http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/05/putting-the-brakes-on-mat-lajak-menace-police-crackdown-in-johor-results-in-91-modified-bicycles-tak/ …
19 August 2017
They’re back: 54 children, teens on ‘mosquito bikes’ nabbed in Johor
KULAI: The mosquito bike craze continues to become a daunting problem in Johor with yet more children and teenage cyclists brought to the Kulai police station on Friday.
A total of 54 boys, aged between five and 19, three of them primary school pupils, were picked up by police just as they were about to start a mosquito bike race at the Dataran Cahaya Kulai public square near Persiaran Majlis about 5pm.
Police said a 19-year old student of a private college was among the group who were caught red-handed with illegally modified bicycles when they were about to participate in the illegal race.
The bike gathering drew around 70 cyclist who came from various locations and neighbourhoods around Kulai.
Johor Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Superintendant Dzulkhairi Mokhtar said the parents were called in when their children were rounded up.
“A total of 54 traffic summonses were served to the parents of the youths who were called to collect their children at the station.
“We also had a talk with the parents and the youths involved and reminded them of the dangers of riding these unsafe bicycles,” he said.
A total of 60 illegally modified bicycles were also seized.
29 July 2017
Mosquito bike youths making worrying comeback in Johor
PASIR GUDANG: Mosquito bicycle riders are making a worrying comeback here, this time congregating at public parks for their cheap thrills.
Police yesterday raided a large gathering of mosquito bike riders at Bukit Layang-Layang Park here and detained 40 youths, aged 9 to 17, who had gathered at 10am for an illegal race.
According to Seri Alam district police chief Superintendent Jokhiri Abd Aziz, a team of police personnel were deployed to the park when authorities received complaints from a park-goer who had noticed the big group’s menacing presence.
“About 40 of (the riders), all boys, were detained and their modified bicycles were seized,” said Jokhiri.
He added that the youths were brought to the Seri Alam police station and had to wait for their parents or guardians to arrive, before they were released into their custody.
“A total of 29 traffic summonses were issued to the riders who had made illegal modifications to their bicycles for racing purposes. The bicycles were altered to an extent that they had become unsafe to use,” said Jokhiri, adding that some of the bicycles were deemed safety hazards as they even lacked braking systems.
29 April 2017
JB cops nab 13 Mat Lajak, seize modified bikes
JOHOR BARU: Police arrested a group of 13 Mat Lajak and seized 15 modified bicycles at Jalan Denai in Taman Bukit Jaya here.
Johor Baru South deputy OCPD Supt M. Kumar said that all of the cyclists, aged 11 to 15 years, were nabbed following a tip off from the public at around 4.30pm on Friday.
He said all of the cyclists were brought to the Pelangi Indah station to have their statements recorded before they were handed over to their parents on the same day.
“The cyclists were issued with summonses, under Rule 42 (1) (a) of LN 166/59 Traffic Rules 1959, for modifying the brakes and the bells of their bicycles,” he said in a statement.
Supt Kumar said that the police had also recorded the parents’ details and advised them to be more aware of their children’s activities.
“I would like to urge the parents to constantly monitor their children as police may take legal action against parents of Mat Lajak, under Section 33 of the Child Act 2001,” he said.
He added that if found guilty, parents could face a fine of not more than RM5,000 or jail term of not more than two years or both upon conviction.
#johorbahru 15 basikal yang digunakan semuanya diubah suai dengan tidak mempunyai brek
Johor Bahru: Polis menahan 13 remaja dan menyita 15 basikal Jempol dalam serbuan di Jalan Denai 44, Taman Bukit Daya, 4.40 petang semalam.
Timbalan Ketua Polis Daerah Johor Bahru Selatan, Superintendan M Kumar berkata, bertindak atas maklumat orang ramai sepasukan polis menjalankan siasatan di lokasi dan menemui sekumpulan kanak-kanak dan remaja berusia 11 hingga 15 tahun berlumba basikal lajak di kawasan berbukit itu.
“Hasil siasatan, kami dapati 15 basikal yang digunakan semuanya diubah suai dengan tidak mempunyai brek dan membahayakan penungang serta pengguna jalan raya lain.
9 April 2017
‘Mat Lajak’ cyclists continue with stunt-filled night rides
Although Jalan Lingkaran Dalam in Johor Bahru is still their favourite meeting point, the trend has spread to the Kulai district.
PETALING JAYA: Even after the horrific deaths in Johor Bahru recently, “Mat Lajak” cyclists are still gathering for stunt-filled night rides on their flimsy, modified bicycles.
However, these recalcitrant teenage cyclists are now getting their street thrills in other places.
Although Jalan Lingkaran Dalam in Johor Bahru remains a firm favourite for them, the trend has spread to the Kulai district, about 50km from the city, reported The Star.
On Friday evening, a group of boys was seen hogging a huge portion of the road with their bicycles in Taman Puteri, Kulai.
They seemed to have forgotten the tragic accident in Johor Bahru on Feb 18 that left eight teenage cyclists dead and eight others badly injured.
Several motorists near a traffic light took snapshots of their antics after one of the cyclists stood up on the seat of his moving bicycle, with one foot on the back fender.
The other cyclists, numbering about 30, lined up beside and behind the boy doing the stunt, smiling and laughing as they pedalled along the road with him.
Kulai police went after the group in Taman Puteri after receiving information about their whereabouts on early Saturday morning, reported The Star.
Kulai district police chief Razak Md Said said the cyclists quickly rode away while others escaped on foot after spotting the police team yesterday.
“We have confiscated seven modified bicycles left behind by the group,” said Razak, adding that they would continue looking for the cyclists so action could be taken against them.
2 April 2017
Just saw 5 small children on their mosquito bikes on the emergency lane on the North South Highway! Parents, do you know where your kids are??? … http://fb.me/7GC9O16WA
22 cyclists nabbed for illegally gathering at site deadly accident
PETALING JAYA: Twenty-two teenage cyclists including two girls were detained in Johor Baru today, after they had gathered at the same spot where eight teenagers were mowed down by a car on Feb 18.
In the 3am incident, the teenagers aged between 14 and 17 were detained at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near the Mahmoodiah cemetery with modified bicycles designed for racing.
Johor Baru Selatan District Police chief, ACP Sulaiman Salleh said the arrests involved 14 cyclists including a 14-year-old female while the eight were spectators.
He said the police also seized 14 bicycles believed to be used by the group to race each other.
“We arrived at the location after receiving complaints that there were over 30 teenagers gathered there. On seeing us the teenagers tried to escape, but we managed to nab 22 of them. We took them to the Johor Baru Selatan traffic district police headquarters for further action,” he said.
Sulaiman said 14 summonses were issued to the cyclists for illegally modifying their bicycles. If charged they could face a fine up to RM2,000 or six months jail.
Child night riders are at it again, lament police
Even after witnessing the deaths of eight of their friends, several daredevil child cyclists are back in the act, at the exact same location where their fellow racers died.
This was revealed by Johor Baru Selangor disctrict police chief Sulaiman Salleh after arresting a group of cyclists early this morning.
“All of them were arrested while we were on patrol around the area at about 3am.
“They were found to be moving in groups of about 30 to 40 people and they were holding races at the area,” said Sulaiman, according to Bernama.
He said that some of detainees had witnessed the tragic accident on Feb 18, at Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, beside the Mahmoodiah cemetery.
Warning to parents
There were 22 arrests, age 14 to 17. There were two females among those arrested. Eight of the detainees were said to be spectators.
“Investigations revealed that 15 detainees were still schooling while the others were not.
“They communicated through social media and were from Desa Cemerlang, Seri Alam, Kempas, Skudai, Johor Bahru Utara, Kangkar Pulai, Iskandar Puteri and Taman Daya Johor Baru,” he said.
A visibly irate Sulaiman also warned parents that they could be charged under the Childs Act 2001 for leaving a child without reasonable supervision if their children were involved in illegal racing.
Eight teen cyclists killed, mowed down by car
Bernama Published 18 Feb 2017, 12:05 pm
Eight male teenagers on bicycles were killed after they were mowed down by a car in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, beside the Mahmoodiah cemetery, near Johor Baru, early this morning.
Johor Bahru Selatan District Police chief, ACP Sulaiman Salleh said eight others were injured, two critically in the 3am incident.
“The injured are being treated at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital,” he told reporters at the hospital mortuary in Johor Baru today.
He said a group of 30 to 40 teenagers, aged 13 to 17 years, on bicycles were believed to have obstructed Jalan Lingkaran Dalam and other nearby roads before before being mowed down by the car.
“A 22-year-old woman driving a car from Taman Pelangi ploughed into a group of the youths when she was believed to have failed to brake in time,” said Sulaiman.
“The driver also sustained minor injuries and was sent to the hospital as she was traumatised,” said Sulaiman.
He said the woman was currently detained to help in investigation.
He said of the 16 victims, six were still schooling.