Flak on Basikal Lajak misdemeanor leads to stringent action against it
Bukit Aman Traffic Investigations and Enforcement Department director, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Azisman Alias said the police would be taking action against the parents of children who endanger their own lives and other road users’ lives, citing the Section 33 from Child Act 2001.
Failing to detect the involvement of their children in any sort of ‘basikal lajak’ activities would lead the parents and guardians to be fined up to RM20,000 or jailed up to five years or both.
A member of the Road Safety Council Malaysia (MKJR), Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye has said that although no action was ever taken against the parents before, it does not mean the issue should be taken lightly by the parents.
At the moment, we have not seen any parents being held accountable maybe because the authorities have considered the fact that should the parents go to jail, then no one will be able to take care of the children, Lee added.
Prioritising the part of disciplining young children to ensure that they are not going outside at such hours in the morning and getting involved in dangerous activities while they are at it are the main points of Lee’s advice.
Lee then said basikal lajak activities should be criminalised as he sees the modifications on the bicycles are endangering the users themselves while the maneuvering of it on the road would bring even more harm to other road users.
At his final remarks, Lee added that should any children be caught taking part in such dangerous activities, they would be taken under the custody of police and sent back home to their parents so the parents would know what their children been up to.
Life is precious, so be safe.