Basikal Lajak (illegally modified bicycles) is the younger version of the sometimes dangerous and deadly Mat Rempit (scooters).
This video shows how dangerous Basikal Lajak is when a Basikal Lajak gang occupy the road.
(Note: the sound is purposefully removed from this video so that it makes a deafening impact!)
There are several viral videos in social media showing Basikal Lajak cyclists speeding pass red traffic lights, and nearly hitting oncoming cars. ‘The Superman Stunt’ (lying flat on the seat) means teenagers can easily skid and crash head-on into cars, buses, motorbikes, pedestrians, barriers, and drains.
There are too many cases of car drivers conveniently blamed and jailed for a ‘crime that they did not cause’, but simply being in the wrong place in the wrong time when a Mat Rempit gang and now a Basikal Lanjak gang accidentally crashes head-on.
Like Mat Rempit racing, Basikal Lajak racing endangers the lives of their riders and motor vehicle drivers. Let’s help reduce and eradicate this Basikal Lajak and Mat Rempit menace.
Some Solutions to the Basikal Lajak and Mat Rempit Problem:
 Reduce and Stop Basikal Lajak.
 Confiscate the modified bicycles, punish them by pushing their bicycle home, at their home confront and educate their parents for further action.
 Study public road CCTV cameras to identify ‘hot racing roads’ and favorite times for racing.
 Do Public Service Announcement shocking videos to educate the parents and the public about public safety and the dangers and deaths from Basikal Lajak and Mat Rempit Racing.
 For Mat Rempit, have a point deduction system for different periods of suspension of driver’s license.
 Schools to educate on social and community awareness and to guide students to be productive through the eight ways youth can change the world: 1. Entrepreneurship 2. Metaverse 3. Arts 4. Learning 5. Charity 6. Eco 7. Psychology 8. Sports
Whisperer Robren is the Founder of ChangeU, Purple Youth CSR, and YouthMeta, a youth entrepreneurship platform building the metaverse.
Sidenote: About Mat Rempit
A Mat Rempit is a Malaysian term for “an individual who participates in activities such as illegal street racing, bike stunt performance, petty crime and public disturbance using a motorcycle”, usually involving 2- and 4-stroke underbone motorcycles, colloquially known as Kapcai, or scooters.
Mat Rempits are often seen on Malaysian streets, where they would gather in groups ranging from as small as 3 up to several dozen bikes at a predetermined place and go against each other for cheap thrills such as races and stunts, such as the wheelie, superman (lying flat on the seat), wikang, and scorpion (standing on the seat with one leg during a wheelie) and many flashier and dangerous ones.
Generally, Mat Rempits tend to avoid the authorities and seem to be well-informed of their whereabouts. However, there are also cases where they openly rebel against authorities where they would run through roadblocks, ride against the traffic or hit police officers with their bikes. Mat Rempits often race or perform stunts without proper safety gear and properly-equipped bikes, which often lead to accidents, causing major injuries or death.
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