PETALING JAYA: National track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang (pic) hopes fellow Malaysians will respect the “no cycling” rule imposed by the authorities for the duration of the latest movement control order (MCO).
Cycling was allowed during previous implementations of the MCO but recreational riding is now prohibited as the country came under a total lockdown.
Only running and other forms of individual exercise are still allowed in residential areas.
The exception is only for those who use their bikes as a means of transportation to earn a living.
Urban food delivery riders fall into this category.
Tokyo Olympics-bound Azizul said the restrictions are necessary to curb the spread of Covid-19.
“I am aware my Malaysian friends will be under a stricter MCO until June 14 and I believe it is necessary to break the chain of transmission, ” said Azizul in an Instagram posting.
“We have to stay at home unless we have something really important to attend to, which is allowed by the authorities.
“We, however, still have to take care of our health and fitness, and I know that there are a lot of people who love to cycle, obviously myself included.
“But during this current period, we have to accept the rules so that movement can be controlled.
“It is sufficient for us to keep fit by jogging or doing other forms of exercise around our residence.
“If you really feel the itch to ride, I recommend cycling at home using a (static) trainer especially as there are a lot of online cycling platforms (apps) available, ” said Azizul, who is based in Melbourne.