Minor AES protest causes traffic jam in Sitiawan

IPOH: A gathering by a handful of protesters against the Automated Enforcement System (AES) near Lumut MP Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha's service centre in Sitiawan caused a traffic jam.

Friday's one-hour protest was organised by a group of non-governmental bodies, including Bantah AES and Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia.

Among those present were Bantah AES coordinator and Angkatan Muda Keadilan Selangor information chief Saifullah Zulkifli, Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang, Pasir Pinji assemblyman Thomas Su and other local leaders from Pakatan Rakyat.

Kong, who is the Transport Minister, rapped the protesters for causing convenience to road users.

“I am disappointed with this illegal demonstration.

“The organisers did not have a permit. If they did, the law enforcement officers could have advised them on how to hold a peaceful rally,” he told reporters at his service centre on Saturday.

Kong said he was also disappointed with the Opposition for instigating the rakyat into holding such illegal activities.

“The Penang Government's refusal to implement the AES and allow the police to catch errant road users gave the people the impression that it is all right to break the law,” he said.

“What will become of Malaysia if they were to form the Federal Government one day?” he added.

It was reported that the AES had led to a 73% reduction in road accidents since it was implemented five weeks ago.

Source From : The Star
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