Implement AES grace period, says MCA

KUALA LUMPUR: Do not fine offenders under the Automated Enforcement System (AES) for the next few months, said MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.

In proposing a three-to-six-month grace period, Dr Chua said offenders caught by the 14 AES cameras during the period should not be fined RM300 for beating the red light or speeding.

“Notice of summonses should be sent to the offenders as a warning so that they will not repeat the offence.
“This will prove the Government's commitment in educating people about the system,” he said after chairing the party's presidential council meeting yesterday.

In expressing regret that some Pakatan Rakyat leaders are taking the opportunity to politicise the issue, he said those who died in road accidents had families who mourned their loss.

Dr Chua likened the country's roads to “war zones” because about 6,000 die in accidents every year.
He called on AES detractors to abide by the law.

“If people follow road regulations, they won't be issued any summonses. The companies might even go bankrupt,” he said.

On another matter, Dr Chua said PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's willingness to stand in Pekan against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the next general election showed that he wanted to be a hero.

“He knows that it is better to be defeated by the Prime Minister than an unknown person. So if he goes to Pekan, he won't mati katak (die in vain) but die as a hero,” he said.

Dr Chua also said the party would submit its memorandum containing 25 proposals on the Malaysian Education Blueprint to the Education Ministry next week, following the party's Oct 6 forum on the matter.
He added that the party's anniversary would be celebrated from January next year and every state would commemorate the event.

Source From : The Star
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