The bumpy ride so far

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(Map credit: Malaysiakini)

The Jerit Journey to the Parliament in Kuala Lumpur — from north and south of the peninsula — has been a long and arduous one, to say the least. It is not only a test on the endurance of tyre and brakes, and the bike as a whole, but also the political will, patience and tenacity of the cyclists, volunteers and organisers.

What was aimed to be an activity that is fun and educational has turned out to be one that is riddled with protracted encounters with the police.

The latest development is that a southbound group of Jerit cyclists and activists were taken to the Rawang police station for questioning — under the Police Act (for illegal procession) and Child Act (for having children in the Jerit campaign).

It boggles the mind to see that a cycling campaign of this nature, which is peaceful and educational, could actually attract undue ‘attention’ from the authorities.

Surely one could appreciate the fact that this campaign is not only meant to be educational for the general public, but also instructive especially for the young cyclists so that they could be sensitised to social issues that require human understanding and compassion. And which explains the parental consent given to these young enthusiasts.

These young people may not desire to build and ride the longest bicycle in the world or make the biggest wheel ever simply for the sake of having a mention in the Book of Records. But they seem to have commitment that is deep enough for any parents and concerned Malaysians to be proud of.


2 Responses to “The bumpy ride so far”

  1. 2 SPEAK UP MALAYSIA 17 December 2008 at 3:08 am


    “All persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.”
    Article 8 (1), Constitution of Malaysia

    “Every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression.”
    Article 10 (1A), Constitution of Malaysia

    “All citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms.”
    Article 10 (1B), Constitution of Malaysia

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