Ne­ti­zens re­act to woman’s reck­less driv­ing charge

New Straits Times - - News - TERENCE CHURCHILL

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.

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