AES cameras not installed by RTD due to lack of expertise, says minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha today defended the awarding of the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras to private companies, saying that the project is costly and the Road Transport Department (RTD) lacks the expertise.

“It was not given to RTD because of the high cost and they don’t have the expertise,” Kong said.

“The process of giving installation rights to external parties is not new; it is also done by other countries.”

Kong (picture) declined to comment on reports that Umno leaders have demanded for the deferment of the nationwide AES scheme.

“I cannot comment on that matter, but as far as I know Umno only wants explanations and not delays.

“Regarding the opposition who said the issuing of AES summonses is against the law, that matter can be brought to court,” he said.

Kong also criticised Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for its plans to suspend the installation of AES cameras in the four states governed by the coalition, describing it as an irresponsible action.

“The opposition’s move proves that they don’t prioritise (mementingkan) their people. AES is intended to reduce accidents and reduce deaths on the road,” the MCA leader said.

On Tuesday, PR said it would suspend approval for the AES in Penang, Selangor, Kedah and Kelantan to allow for further discussions and public feedback.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday said that PR’s move would mean that 331 out of the planned 831 cameras under the nationwide AES scheme will not be installed.

The AES cameras, which detect speeding motorists and those who beat traffic lights, is in its pilot phase, with 14 installed in Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

Source From : The Malaysian Insider
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