7 motorcyclists in convoy of 720 held for riding dangerously in Temerloh

Police checking the 720 participants and 600 motorcycles who took part in the convoy in Temerloh, Pahang, on Sunday. (Bernama Twitter pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven out of the 720 participants of a motorcycle convoy in Temerloh, Pahang, were detained for riding in a dangerous manner on Sunday.

Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) director Azisman Alias said the riders arrested would be investigated under Section 42(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for riding recklessly and dangerously and endangering other road users.

He said some of the other participants were issued summonses.

“We issued 358 summonses for various traffic offences, like not having a valid licence, expired road tax, modifying registration number plates not according to specifications and not having side mirrors.

“An average of 13 to 14 motorcyclists die daily in accidents nationwide and we will take stern action against those detained. We will record their statements to assist in our investigations,” he said at a special press conference in Bukit Aman today.

He said this when asked to comment on the massive motorcycle convoy in Temerloh, Pahang, which went viral on social media recently.

Commenting on an individual suspected of issuing a seditious statement on social media recently regarding the motorcycle convoy, Azisman said a police report had been lodged at 11.30am today.

“The individual’s statement, which went viral on social media recently, has clearly caused general consternation among the public while his statement in the video is improper. It’s as if he is belittling and insulting the police’s work.

“It’s like he’s encouraging youngsters to ride in convoys whereas we must remember that the Covid-19 chain of infection has yet to be broken,” he said.

Azisman said the police report was lodged against the individual who issued the statement as it had the potential to cause misunderstanding among the people, especially among motorcyclists.

“Anyway, police did not simply arrest them (based on the statement from the video which went viral). The summonses (against the convoy on Temerloh) were issued for various offences,” he said.

According to Azisman, police inspected a total of 720 individuals and 600 motorcycles in the operation.

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