PETALING JAYA: Netizens have started revisiting a 2020 poster on the risks of “basikal lajak” (modified bicycles) in the wake of the Johor Bahru High Court’s decision in the case involving Sam Ke Ting.
The poster was put up by police on their Facebook page two years ago, warning that these bicycles could endanger cyclists and cause accidents on the road.
Police also urged parents to keep an eye on their children.
The poster, originally designed by the road safety department, stated that parents could be fined up to RM20,000 or jailed for five years if found guilty of neglecting the safety of their children.
It also said that in 2018, some 93 operations had been conducted by the authorities on “basikal lajak” activities, with 105 modified bicycles confiscated.
While the poster was uploaded in 2020, it drew a slew of comments today after Sam was sentenced to six years’ jail and a RM6,000 fine yesterday for reckless driving that caused the deaths of eight teenagers on modified bicycles.
Facebook user Mu Zak Kir questioned why the RM6,000 fine and six-year jail sentence for drivers were not included in the poster, while Vincent SuSoon Yap hoped that those who failed to educate their children would be imprisoned.
Many also joked that the poster, which had a drawing of a child on a modified bicycle, was for “illustration purposes only”.
But Bryan YH lamented that parents and children involved in “basikal lajak” incidents got away without any punishment, while “others suffered”.
“What’s the point of having this when what’s going to happen is the total opposite, making others suffer? Where’s the justice, fairness and rule of law?” he asked.
Sam’s lawyers applied to the Court of Appeal today for leave to appeal the High Court’s decision, with a certificate of urgency also filed.
Meanwhile, a petition calling for Sam’s release created on Change.org has already received nearly 450,000 signatures as at 3.30pm today.