MOST elderly villagers ride motorcycles illegally, Utusan Malaysia said yesterday.
Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Emran Kadir was quoted as saying that many of them refused to apply for a motorcycle licence, giving the excuse that they were riding only along village roads.
He said there were more road accidents involving motorcyclists than other vehicles and most of the victims did not possess a licence.
The JPJ will be carrying out driving licence tests in groups for villagers who are illiterate.
Berita Harian reported that Land and Co-operative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam denied the allegation of some fishermen that contractors were involved in excavating sand on the Pengerang coast of Johor and exporting it to Singapore.
He was quoted as saying that there was no evidence the contractors, who had been issued with a licence to excavate sand in the area, had exported it.
On another matter, he told the newspaper that the ministry would table an amendment to the Co-operative Act 1993 to enable the Co-operative Development Department to take action against co-operatives involved in misappropriating funds.
Many misappropriation cases cannot be resolved because there are provisions in the Act which does not allow our officers to enter the premises to check the co-operatives.