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IT was an eventful year in Johor, with some stories making headlines not only in the print, digital and electronics media in Malaysia but also at the international level.
JOHOR BARU: A special police crackdown against the mat lajak (teenagers involved in illegal bicycle racing) menace has resulted in 91 modified bicycles being taken off the streets.
MELAKA: It started as an ambitious bike-rental project, but it almost immediately became a boon for the notorious Mat Lajak groups here instead.
MELAKA: Cases of illegal bicycle racing or Mat Lajak, a menace in Johor, are now occurring in Melaka as well.
Mayor A. Rahim Nin said MBJB reviewed the existing laws to overcome the problem that persists despite the tragedy where eight teenage cyclists were killed after a car ploughed into them in February.
JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) will submit an application to the Transport Ministry to ban teenage cyclists from utilising certain roads at certain times in a drastic move to stop the Mat Lajak problem.
JOHOR BARU: The illegal bicycle racers (Mat Lajak) problem is not just confined to major cities but also taking place in towns as well.
From PATRICK TEH, Ipoh.
JOHOR BARU: The 22-year-old saleswoman in the accident in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam here where eight "Mat Lajak" cyclists were killed in February is now turning to crowd-funding to foot her legal fees.
ISKANDAR PUTERI: The state government has no plans to build a dedicated race track for illegal bicycle racers (mat lajak) as there are many aspects that need to be looked into and considered before proceeding with the project.