Viral video of ‘basikal lajak’ on highway is old, say police

SEREMBAN: A 44-second viral video on Facebook showing children riding “basikal lajak” dangerously on the Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas) is an old clip, say the police.Seremban OCPD Asst Comm Nanda Maarof said a check found that the incident was believed to have occurred in September 2019.

“The incident, which happened near the entrance towards Ampangan here, showed about 10 children riding basikal lajak while performing dangerous stunts.

“The Seremban District Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division often conducts enforcement and monitoring at the location of basikal lajak activities and found that these activities have decreased,” he said in a statement last night, Bernama reported.

He said the police would take stern action on traffic offences, including basikal lajak activities, according to Rule 35 (2) and Rule 35 (3) LN165/59, under which the bicycle being ridden must be installed with front and rear lights that can be seen within a reasonable distance.He added that under Rule 42 (1) LN165/59, no one can ride a bicycle on the road unless it is equipped with brakes that operate separately on both tyres and have bells.

ACP Nanda also said legal action could be taken against parents and guardians under Section 33 of the Child Act 2001 for leaving their children without reasonable supervision, which could result in a fine not exceeding RM20,000 or imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both, if convicted.

Meanwhile, police are looking for an individual who drove a grey car against the flow of traffic on the Kuala Terengganu-Kuantan main road near Dungun, a video of which has gone viral on social media.

“We have contacted the individual who uploaded this video on Facebook. Others who have information can contact us too,” Dungun OCPD Supt Baharudin Abdullah said yesterday.

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