‘Stricter laws needed to tackle mat lajak menace’


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 09 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Stricter laws are needed to tackle the mat lajak menace and other issues which can threaten public order and harmony, says Deputy Inspector-General of the Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor

“In this case, particularly, it involves maintaining public order on the roads and we are looking at laws which can curb such activities, ” he told reporters after attending the Cadet Inspectors Graduation Ceremony at the Police Training Centre here yesterday.

Earlier this week, Bukit Aman called for new laws to act against shops or individuals providing

modifications to transform bicycles into “basikal lajak” or mosquito bicycles.

Federal Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department director Deputy Comm Datuk Azisman Alias was quoted saying the current laws were not tough enough to deal with the “mat lajak” (youngsters who race or perform stunts on modified bikes) issue.

Many of the children involved are minors below the age of 10 and police have limited powers to act besides holding them until their parents or guardians come to collect them.

Basikal lajak have no lights, no brakes, and have handle bars, wheel forks and seats modified in order for the rider to assume the “Superman” position easily.

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