Malaysians are already familiar with the uniquely Malaysian "Mat Rempit" culture involving young people racing on their motorcycles at daredevil speed and engaging in "superman stunts" – usually at night and more so, during weekends.
The police must have seized thousands of motorbikes all these years in the hope that such action would be a deterrent – but the menace goes on unabated.
And now we are seeing another road menace that has clearly manifested itself in an incident involving a car and a posse of cyclists.
BBX-Images at webpage http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2166301
On Saturday, a boisterous pack of 30 to 40 teenagers, aged 13 to 17 years, on bicycles were believed to have obstructed Jalan Lingkaran Dalam and other adjacent roads in Johor Baru, Johore – before being mowed down by a car.
The driver was a 22-year-old woman who supposedly failed to brake in time.
Eight youngsters were killed on the spot and eight others were injured, two critically in the 3 AM incident.
Videos showing riders on modified bicycles dubbed basikal nyamuk (mosquito bicycles) went viral among WhatsApp groups shortly after the accident and they are bone-chilling to say the least.
In one of the said videos, cyclists were seen riding in the middle of a city road engaging in acrobatic exploits – and being completely oblivious to the dangers to themselves and other road users.
Malaysia has too many daredevils who don’t value life. Must it be only the Malays who have a death wish?
I was in Bangsar this evening to attend the KL Advanced Toastmasters meeting. I delivered my CC #7 Research Your Topic speech titled "The Real Truth".
And I was voted Best Speaker.