SHAH ALAM: Selangor police are looking at getting tough on parents of children found participating in "basikal lajak" activities.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said there have been several cases in which children had been detained for using these modified bicycles in the state.
"There have been cases in Kajang, Petaling Jaya and more recently North Klang.
"On Feb 10 while we were conducting our Ops Selamat operations at Pekan Meru, we saw seven of these teenagers using the bicycles," he told reporters after witnessing the handing over of duties ceremony of the Selangor Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department chief at the State police headquarters here on Wednesday.
Supt Azman Shari'at took over the post from acting chief Deputy Supt Sahimi Husin.
Comm Mazlan said the seven teens were detained at the scene and were brought to the North Klang police headquarters.
"We contacted their parents and advised them to stop their children from taking part in such activities. We also seized their bicycles for further action," he said.
He added that the procedure in such cases was to hand the children over to their parents and if the courts decide to return the bicycles, they would return them.
"I personally feel these modified bicycles should be disposed of once we settle these cases. They should not be on the streets.
"The parents are also liable to face action under the Child Act," he said, urging parents to advise their children not to participate in such activities.