PONTIAN, Jan 11 — The deaths of two young cyclists at Kilometre 1.3 Jalan Sawah-Gunung Pulai at Kampung Maju Jaya at Pekan Nanas here last night were not due to modified bikes, police clarified today.
Pontian police chief Superintendent Zakaria Abdul Rahman said both victims, Ibnu Ahmad Ahmad Naizl, 16, and Muhammad Amiruddin Abd Majid, 12, were riding regular bicycles when they collided with a car late last night.
“To be fair, the four victims including the two deceased, were riding their bicycles back home after their kompang practice.
“These are kampung teenagers and they were not even racing with their bicycles as they only wanted to return home yesterday night,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.
In earlier news reports, the boys were said to have been riding the street modified bicycles that have no gears, brakes or other safety features, known in Malay as “basikal lajak”.
A group of youngsters were hit by a Toyota Altis coming from the opposite direction, resulting in the immediate death of Ibnu Ahmad and Muhammad Amiruddin.
Zakaria said two others survived and identified them as Nur Iqmal Haffiz Abdul Wahab, 14, who broke his shoulder and Mohammad Nur Hayatuddin Mazli, also 14, who had minor injuries.
The senior policeman said initial investigations revealed that the victims’ bicycles were not properly equipped with lighting for road use.
He said the injured cyclists were sent to the Pontian Hospital for treatment.
“Police have classified the case under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for causing death by reckless driving,” said Zakaria, adding that the 38-year-old female driver has been remanded for four days to facilitate investigations.