Continuous monitoring to keep Mat Lajak off the road; parents, the local community have a role to play – PDRM

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Police will provide continuous surveillance across the country to keep Mat Lajak cyclists off the road. This was stated by the Director of Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT), Comm Datuk Mat Kasim Karim, who stated The star that the modifications to the bikes are outrageous and shouldn’t be on the road.

“The modifications made to these bikes are outrageous. These bikes shouldn’t be on the road because they’re out of spec,” he said, referring to the “mosquito bikes” aka “basikal lajak” used by Mat Lajak, modified for speed and Superman-style stunts. No brakes too.

Of course, Mat Lajaks is making headlines because of the High Court’s sentencing last week of Sam Ke Ting to six years in prison for reckless driving (that’s the charge, not our words). This tragic 2017 incident saw the deaths of eight boys riding modified bikes on a main road in JB in the early hours of the morning.

Mat Kasim said action would be taken against those who break the rules, but advised parents to be more involved in their children’s activities. “Parents have a role to play; the local community as well. We don’t want the same tragedy to happen again,” he said.

JSPT Senior Deputy Director Superintendent Bakri Zainal Abidin said 156 Mat Lajak were arrested in 2019 and 2020. More than 60% of the cases involved children aged 12 and under, and most of them were were arrested in KL and Selangor. All their bikes were confiscated. However, no arrests were made last year due to the movement control order.

After this threat resurfaced in the mainstream because of Sam’s case, many videos of Mat Lajak and their road antics appeared on social media, but Bakri said many of them were from old videos that have resurfaced. “However, we will continue to monitor these activities nationwide,” he said.

The JSPT officer also said Mat Lajak’s activities appeared to have diminished when authorities began taking action against the parents for neglect under the Children’s Act. In 2019, action was taken against six parents for leaving their children unattended, and it appears to have worked.

It’s hard to find a bright side to Sam’s case – eight lives have been claimed, she’s likely mentally scarred for life and now faces years in prison and the public gaze – but perhaps the spotlight on Mat Lajak and their parents will put an end to this dangerous activity. Here is the hope.

As for us, it’s time to install dash cam.

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