Johor prince: Don't turn teen cycling tragedy into a race issue

Johor prince: Don't turn teen cycling tragedy into a race issue
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JOHOR BARU: Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Ibni Sultan Ibrahim has hit out at those encouraging others to gather and protest against the driver involved in the accident which killed eight teenage cyclists on Feb 18.

In an Instagram post of a picture of the protest details, Tunku Idris urged Johoreans to stop playing the blame game and to not turn the incident into a racial issue.

"What is this ridiculous notice going around? Is this how civilised Johoreans behave?" he wrote, adding that he hoped Johoreans would not support gatherings that promoted hatred towards an individual.

Tunku Idris also said that he had personally encountered teenage cyclists swerving dangerously in front of his car.

"To the families who have lost their loved ones, I'm sorry. I too have lost a family member so I know how you feel. I hope you find peace and strength during this difficult time.

Read also: 8 teens dead after horror JB crash involving car and cyclists

"Let's not blame the parents and let's not blame the lady driver, (as) she has more right to be on the highway than the underage kids on bicycles with no helmets or other protection gear," he added.

He encouraged the people to come up with a better solution to avoid a repeat of the tragedy.

An invitation calling on cyclists to gather at Dataran Bandaraya at 8am Saturday to protest against the driver had been making its round on social media.

The protest did not materialise, but seven teenagers were detained near the area at 10am.

8 teen cyclists dead after horror JB crash [Warning: Distressing images]

In the Feb 18, eight teenage cyclists were killed and a further eight injured when a car ploughed into them.

The cyclists were part of joyriding groups whose members modify their bicycles, some even to the extent of removing the brakes.

Police have released the 22-year-old woman who was driving the car.

Read also: Parents of dead cyclists: 'Stop saying hurtful things and let us grieve in peace'

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