They were found cycling in the middle of the road around Dataran Merdeka.
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On New Year’s Eve, a handful of teenagers went down to Dataran Merdeka to join in on the festivities.
However, 61 of them were nabbed by the police for using ‘basikal lajak’.
According to Harian Metro, the teenagers panicked when they saw the police and some of them attempted to flee.
60 boys and one girl between the ages of 11 to 16 years were apprehended during ‘Op Ambang Tahun Baru’ led by Assistant Superintendent Ahmad Fuad Mahmod.
The teenagers were found using their ‘basikal lajak’ in the middle of the road at Jalan Raja and Jalan Parlimen
KL Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) chief Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Zulkefly Yahya said, “When we wanted to stop them, some of them ran away and left their bicycles in the middle of the road.”
“We managed to seize 69 illegally modified bicycles which were found to not have any brakes.”
He also added that there were no lights or bells on the bikes.
The suspects were taken to the Jalan Bandar Traffic Police Station
Zulkefly said that the teenagers’ parents were contacted before they were released and after their statements were taken.
The case is being investigated under Section 112 (3) of the Road Transport Act 1987. It reads: A police officer may detain any bicycle, electric bicycle, or tricycle in respect of which an offence has been committed within his view.
A video uploaded on Instagram shows the teenagers loading their bicycles into a police truck:
Earlier in November, Bukit Aman warned that they will take legal action against parents whose children are caught using ‘basikal lajak’:
Meanwhile, Syed Saddiq said that he plans to help guide children racing on illegally modified bicycles onto the right path:
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