Netizens react to woman’s reckless driving charge
JOHOR BARU: The charge against a 22-year-old woman for reckless driving leading to the deaths of eight teenage cyclists has sparked a debate among Netizens.
Many of them are questioning why no action was taken against the parents of the victims for allowing their children to be outside early in the morning, exposing them to danger.
They said the parents were negligent and irresponsible for allowing their children to roam in the city on their modified bicycles, as the deadly crash occurred at 3.20am on Feb 18.
Facebook user Terence Churchill said: “Charge the children’s parents as well for not performing their duties. Most of the kids are underage, so it is their parents’ responsibility.
Netizen Hafiz Adruce shared Churchill’s sentiment.
“The parents of the children must be held responsible as well,” said Hafiz on Facebook.
On Tuesday, 22-year-old salesgirl Sam Ke Ting pleaded not guilty at the magistrate’s court here to dangerous and reckless driving.
She was charged with committing the offence under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 while driving a car in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, here at 3.20am on Feb 18.
However, some of the judgments and assumptions made on social media irked other Netizens.
Facebook users, such as James Ho, said people should not comment if they were ill-informed about the facts of the case.
“The main issue here is that no one knows what really happened. We are not here to judge but you are taking sides by saying she should be blamed. It was an accident that no one wanted. Why not let the law run its course?” he said.
Another social media user, Mohd Rafi, said the case should be left to the court to decide.
“I say let the authorities do their work. Whatever the outcome, I hope everyone will accept it.”
Perhaps Anwar Ghani summed it up best when he wrote on his Facebook account that this was not a murder case, but a serious traffic accident where eight lives were lost.
“Both parties were at fault. There are no laws for kids to be riding on bicycles like mat rempit in the early morning.
“Let’s stop bickering as to who is right or wrong.
“As for the parents, it’s an expensive price to pay for a lesson in parenting. Let the police do their job.”
Charge the children’s parents as well for not performing their duties. Most of the kids are underage, so it is their parents’ responsibility.