Cycling has become quite a popular sport in Malaysia. It’s an enjoyable activity regardless if you’re doing it alone or in groups.
Kuala Lumpur has become a hotspot for cyclists. One of the few main attractions is the Saloma Link Bridge that connects Jalan Saloma with Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) and Kampung Baru.
Despite the rising popularity of the sport, netizens are complaining about the cyclists’ attitudes on disobeying the rules set by the government and the Local Authority (PBT). There were also complaints about cyclists breaking rules on the Saloma Link Bridge.
Facebook user Rizal Hakimm shared photos on his social media site providing a glimpse of irresponsible cyclists violating rules on the bridge. Netizens were furious at their careless attitude, which was heightened by the fact that a sign was placed as a reminder to prohibit cycling in the area. Unfortunately, no one seems to care.
The photos show cyclists riding their bicycles on the bridge despite it being crowded with many people. This can be very dangerous as proven by prior incidents which were due to their ignorant attitude.
On 22nd November 2020, the Kampong Bharu Development Corporation tweeted on its official Twitter page that cycling activities at the Saloma Link can endanger the lives of pedestrians. To ensure the safety of pedestrians, cyclists are only allowed to push their bicycles when passing through the area.
The Malaysian government set a fine of RM1,000 and imprisonment for any cyclist who refuses to follow the rules.
Netizens took to social media to express their anger and frustration with these irresponsible cyclists:
- “It’s because of them that everyone who looks down on all cyclists. I hope these cycling folks get caught and punished”.
- “People like this deserve the 10k (RM10,000) fine. They probably have a lot of money and the bicycles are expensive. Yet, they still break the rules”.
- “This is not the mistake of the citizens but the school syllabus. There is no use teaching moral in theory (as)… everyone ends up just memorising (to score in) the subject…”