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Everyone has a role to play, say cyclists

Everyone has a role to play, say cyclists

PETALING JAYA: It takes a whole-of-society approach to address the issue of youngsters who race or perform stunts on modified bicycles, says the cycling community.They…

Saturday, Apr 16

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PETALING JAYA: It takes a whole-of-society approach to address the issue of youngsters who race or perform stunts on modified bicycles, says the cycling community.They underscored the need for preventive measures so that these cyclists, known as mat lajak, would not go on to become mat rempit (illegal motorcycle racers).

Content creator Ahmad Syakir Sharum ( pic ), who is an avid cyclist, said that from his observation, many of these youngsters are from less well-off families, while some dropped out of school as early as Form One.

“At this age and with such a family background, they are most vulnerable and easily influenced,” he said.

He said these youths live in an environment that do not offer much to them, so they would go elsewhere to let off steam.

“When they see their friends looking all cool with colourful lajak bicycles, surfing and ‘flying’ on the road, that’s when it all starts.”

Ahmad Syakir, who is behind the Pelan Pelan Kayuh YouTube channel with over 68,000 followers, said everyone has a role to play in addressing this issue.

“Apart from the parents, the government plays the biggest role in developing an economy that offers better income and results in a better living environment. “The community should reach out to these kids, such as offering them healthier activities such as safer cycling activities and community services.“And don’t forget to reward them for positive behaviour. Be close to them and mentor them,” he said.He also said that community leaders could take the initiative to organise cycling […]

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