KOTA BAHARU, Jan 19 (Bernama) -- A religious school student from Pondok Pasir Tumboh here Monday opted to serve two days behind bars for riding a motorcycle wearing not a helmet but a turban two years ago.
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He's entitled to his conviction but I guess the law is blind on this matter. He's being the unlucky one too. There's lots of riders and pillions out there on their bikes daily without helmets but still lucky enough of not being caught.
Updated 7.47 pm : The police respond.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 (Bernama) -- Police are expected to discuss and review the rule on motorcyclists wearing the turban and serban, with the Attorney-General's Office soon.Quite tricky eh?
Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said currently Sikhs (turban) and Muslim Scholars (Ulama) who wear a serban (Muslim headgear) are exempted from wearing crash helmets while riding a motorcycle.
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Updated: 21.01.2009 - 2.21pm
Below is a response from one reader of which I accidentally deleted. Sorry bro' and below is his original comment:Rationally speaking, it is not about who should be more deserving of wearing turban and be exempted from law. It is about safety of the rider/pillion. In the event of crash, be it Sikh or Muslim, the brain is going to be splattered all over. It's ugly.
Being pious (respect/uphold/commitment to one's religion) is one thing. I just hope those opted for Turban know the consequences of their own action.
When that law came in force in 70/80s, many Sikh were exempted with turban, but remember, back then, motorcycle were 65cc, 70cc. You rarely seen and "cub-chai" that is above 100cc, today, almost all bike on the road are well above 90cc, heavier, more power, faster speed too. Even for Sikh,my sincere advice is, riding at 60-80km/h, the turban do not stand a chance, pls opt for helmet.
When we look into helmet, we see the face of our love ones, yes, that thing will give us better chance of survival should anything happen and still let us be home to be with our love ones, instead of having them coming to mortuary looking for us . Simple as that.
-woody @ Truth