‘Mat Lajak’ cyclists continue with stunt-filled night rides

mat-lajakPETALING JAYA: Even after the horrific deaths in Johor Bahru recently, “Mat Lajak” cyclists are still gathering for stunt-filled night rides on their flimsy, modified bicycles.

However, these recalcitrant teenage cyclists are now getting their street thrills in other places.

Although Jalan Lingkaran Dalam in Johor Bahru remains a firm favourite for them, the trend has spread to the Kulai district, about 50km from the city, reported The Star.

On Friday evening, a group of boys was seen hogging a huge portion of the road with their bicycles in Taman Puteri, Kulai.

They seemed to have forgotten the tragic accident in Johor Bahru on Feb 18 that left eight teenage cyclists dead and eight others badly injured.

Several motorists near a traffic light took snapshots of their antics after one of the cyclists stood up on the seat of his moving bicycle, with one foot on the back fender.

The other cyclists, numbering about 30, lined up beside and behind the boy doing the stunt, smiling and laughing as they pedalled along the road with him.

Kulai police went after the group in Taman Puteri after receiving information about their whereabouts on early Saturday morning, reported The Star.

Kulai district police chief Razak Md Said said the cyclists quickly rode away while others escaped on foot after spotting the police team yesterday.

“We have confiscated seven modified bicycles left behind by the group,” said Razak, adding that they would continue looking for the cyclists so action could be taken against them.

On Feb 18, a car ploughed into a large group of cyclists in Jalan Lingkaran Dalam, near the Mahmoodiah Muslim cemetery in Johor Bahru, at around 3.30am. Eight cyclists were killed and another eight injured in the incident.

On April 3, 14 Mat Lajak and eight spectators, including a teenage girl, were arrested in Jalan Linkaran Dalam. Fourteen bicycles were seized from them.