Jo­hor: No plans to build cir­cuit for mos­quito bik­ers

New Straits Times - - News -

ISKAN­DAR PU­TERI: The state gov­ern­ment has no plans to set up a cir­cuit ded­i­cated to mos­quito bikes, or mod­i­fied bi­cy­cle activities.

This was de­spite it be­com­ing a trend among youth, said state Youth, Sports, Cul­ture and Her­itage Com­mit­tee chair­man Datuk Zulkur­nain Kamisan.

He said the state gov­ern­ment could not con­done the ac­tiv­ity, which came into fo­cus after eight chil­dren were killed and another eight were in­jured when a car ploughed into a group of 30 to 40 mos­quito bike riders in Jo­hor Baru on Feb 18

“We will not tol­er­ate this as it will bring more harm than good to youth,” he said in his wind­ing-up speech at the state as­sem­bly in Kota Iskan­dar here, yes­ter­day.

He said most of the youth in­volved in mos­quito bike activities were only keen to race on the road, and that such activities posed a dan­ger to the riders, as well as mo­torists.

“We don’t want them to get in­volved with mos­quito bike activities as they might end up tak­ing part in il­le­gal mo­tor­cy­cle races when they get older.

“We un­der­stand that teenagers are cre­ative and are keen to try new things. But we have a choice whether to en­cour­age or dis­cour­age this ac­tiv­ity from spread­ing,” said Zulkur­nain.

He added that mos­quito bikes were not recog­nised as an ex­treme sport and could likely be a pass­ing fad. He said there were many ex­treme sport ac­tiv­ity places for cy­cling, skate­board­ing and wall-climb­ing in Jo­hor, for youth.

Dur­ing the open­ing of the state as­sem­bly on May 4, Sul­tan of Jo­hor Sul­tan Ibrahim Sul­tan Iskan­dar ques­tioned how the teenagers in­volved in the Feb 18 tragedy were al­lowed to ride in the city at 3am.

His majesty urged par­ents to mon­i­tor their chil­dren’s activities at all times. A few Jo­hor as­sem­bly­men later touched on the topic when they de­bated the mo­tion of thanks to the ruler’s speech.

Tengku Pu­tra Haron Amin­ur­rashid Ju­mat (BN-Kem­pas) had said the author­i­ties should con­sider set­ting up new sport are­nas or con­vert ex­ist­ing ones to al­low youth in­volved in mos­quito bike activities to have a place where they could ride safely.

“Pro­vid­ing a safe en­vi­ron­ment does not mean we are ac­knowl­edg­ing this ac­tiv­ity, also known as basikal la­jak.

“What’s im­por­tant is that their safety is guar­an­teed.

“Hav­ing such places give the author­i­ties a cap­tive au­di­ence to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion on road safety as the youth will even­tu­ally use mo­tor­cy­cles, cars and other ve­hi­cles in fu­ture,” he told the state as­sem­bly on May 7.

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