me again state that almost everyone involved - the motorist, the
teenagers, and their parents - had a share in the blame though not in
equal proportions. Many of the dead were as young as 13 or 14 years old. Where was the
parents’ concern over their welfare, allowing them to be out on the
roads at 3.20am, participating in dangerous antics where death was
waiting to happen?
What makes me sick is their response after the guilty verdict - that they were now relieved. How easily grief can be substituted with the lust for blood. And
how familiar is this accident? We witnessed exactly the same sentiments
in the case of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim. The case was used by political opportunists.
action was taken against those who first started the fracas at the
Hindu temple that later led to Adib’s death? Similarly, would the police
be now charging the teenagers’ parents for want of parental care and
supervision? And unbelievably, the police are warning against those circulating old video clips of basikal lajak riders.
MS: The 30 teenagers racing their modified bicycles
across the entire span of the road at 3.20 in the morning were doing
exactly what their parents allowed, and in nearly all cases, enabled
them to do. That they posed a threat to motorists by ensuring that
the fully blocked road will guarantee a collision and endanger their
own lives has been deemed irrelevant.
The hapless woman had a
right to be on the road at that time. None of the 30 did. Not on those
ultra-low bikes and not at that time and definitely not in the fashion
they raced. If the words "dangerous and reckless" are to be used,
they should have been applied to describe the conduct of the gang let
loose by their parents whose irresponsibility matches those of their
Could then 22-year-old Sam Ke Ting have avoided colliding with these street urchins, for that is exactly what they are. No. Could
those who caused the accident by the poor choice they made, doing what
no normal teenagers would be allowed to do by responsible parents, have
avoided doing so? Yes.
But in tribal Malaysia, none of this is
worthy of consideration, especially by politicians whose personal
conduct, morals and integrity are always suspect. From the get-go
in February 2017, the vultures we know and detest swooped down, picking
at the pieces on the road, to satisfy their lust for political
That set the tone for the rest of the tribe to do what
comes naturally - ignore the facts, ignore the circumstances, ignore the
cruelty to which the young woman is now subjected and see this as
nothing less than a racial incident - exactly like the case of the
fireman who would not have gone out if not for the hundreds of thugs who
invaded the Hindu temple at 1 in the morning.
ignominious history: a combination of tribalism and feudalism simply
ensures that every incident like this will be made racial and handled as