“Basikal Lajak” Case: Woman released on bail pending appeal hearing


PUTRAJAYA – A female clerk who was  jailed for reckless driving which resulted in the death of eight teenagers on modified bicycles, commonly known as “basikal lajak”, five years ago, was today released on bail of RM10,000 with one surety pending the hearing of her appeal at the Court of Appeal.

A three-member panel of the Court of Appeal, led by judge Datuk P. Ravinthran, sitting with judges Datuk Lee Heng Cheong and Datuk Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, allowed the application by Sam Ke Ting (picture), 27, to stay the execution of the six-year jail sentence and RM6,000 fine imposed by the High Court.

The court today also allowed Sam’s application for leave to appeal against the decision of the Johor Bahru High Court made last April 13.

High Court Judge Datuk Abu Bakar of Qatar, who meted out the jail sentence and fine on Sam, also ordered the woman to be jailed for six months if she failed to pay the fine and a three-year driving ban upon completion of her prison term.

 The court handed down the decision after allowing the prosecution’s appeal to set aside the Magistrate’s Court’s decision on Oct 10 last year, which acquitted and discharged the woman.