Put an end to the mat lajak menace

  • Letters
  • Saturday, 11 Aug 2018

Mak lajaks spotted trying daring stunts while riding their modified bicycles near Taman Kulai Utama in Kulai on Nov 2, 2017

ENOUGH is enough. The mat lajak (reckless teen cyclists) menace has gone out of control and must be stopped immediately.

One afternoon, I witnessed a shocking scene on the Shah Alam Expressway.

Motorists had to swerve suddenly to the side as a large group of teenagers on modified bicycles were riding dangerously right in the middle of the three-lane highway.

The teens, who are probably in primary or lower secondary school, were showing off their stunts on the highway with cars speeding past them.

I was shocked when the bicycles appeared suddenly in front of me, causing me to swerve to the side to avoid hitting them.

What kind of parents would allow their young children to put themselves in such a dangerous situation? These teens crude and rude response to drivers honking at them was beyond belief.

Who would be responsible if they are killed while performing their stunts on the highway?

Why should motorists be dragged to court to face charges when these irresponsible teens endanger not only themselves but can potentially cause collisions when drivers need to avoid them?

This blatant defiance of the law and safety regulations is a sign of growing lawlessness. Motorcyclists ride their bikes without safety helmets while traffic lights are just decorative items for some.

Now, children aged 12 or 13 think they can do as they please. Worse still, parents seem to have no control over their children.

It is time to bring the parents of these teens to court to face charges. Imagine the stress and anxiety for teachers in school who handle children like these.

Everyone must work together to stop this menace.



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