File photo of youths riding basikal lajak in the "Superman position" in Malaysia. (Photo: Bernama) A driver handed a jail sentence for reckless driving after eight teenagers were killed has thrust the basikal lajak issue into the national spotlight
Youths in parts of Malaysia have been racing using these modified bicycles, endangering road users
Bicycle shop owners and professional riders say illegal modifications should not be encouraged
To eradicate such practices, public education is key
JOHOR BAHRU: Business owner Khairul Hakimin Muhammad was driving along a main highway in Bangi, Selangor last Thursday (Apr 21) when two cyclists sped past him, coming within inches of grazing both sides of his car.
The riders blew past a red traffic light 300m in front of him. Mr Khairul immediately applied his emergency brakes and swerved to avoid six other cyclists, presumably from the same group, who cut into his lane from the left. He remembered seeing two of them riding in a prone position.
He told CNA that he missed the group narrowly, and attributed it to the fact that he was alert enough to react in time.“That was the second time in four days that I saw this group tearing down a hill into the main road at Bangi’s Section 16,” Mr Khairul recounted.“All of them seem like they are still in primary school. Their bicycles are clearly modified, no brakes and (a) set up to allow them to plank horizontally,” he added.“There was no sense of fear and certainly no […]