JOHOR BARU: Night cycling involving children and teenagers in the city has been raised on numerous occasions from 10 years ago, but with no solution reached, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed (pic).
He said the authorities, including the police, had tried to curb the activity, including giving advice that went unheeded.
“Therefore, I urge parents and guardians to supervise their children’s activities.
“We do not want what happened today to recur,” he said in a statement conveyed to the media by his special officer, Datuk Rashid Kasman, at the Forensic Department of Hospital Sultanah Aminah here Saturday.
The statement was issued in response to an incident in which eight teenage cyclists were killed after they were mowed down by a car driven by a 22-year-old woman at about 3am on Saturday.
Another eight were injured, including two critically, in the accident that occurred along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery here.
“An incident like this has been expected and it happened today.
“Prior to this, there have been cases involving child and teenage cyclists, but it involved one or two persons only, unlike today,” Nur Jazlan said.
He also expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. – Bernama