Mahfuz: We'll conduct study on AES first

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said that Pakatan Rakyat would carry out a feasibility study on the Automated Enforcement System if Pakatan comes to power.

This contradicted the statement by de facto opposition leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, that Pakatan would scrap the AES if it came to power.
At a press conference yester-day, Mahfuz could not provide a clear answer when asked whether AES would still be implemented under Pakatan should the loose coalition win the coming general election.
"I'm not saying that we are going to abolish the system but rather, halt its operations by switching off the cameras, pending a review.
"We are saying this because we want the government to suspend the AES during the study of the system."
He said among the issues to be studied by Pakatan were details of the agreement between the government and companies, ATES Sdn Bhd and Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd, on the implementation of the cameras.
"I suspect that the companies are gaining most from the agreement," alleged Mahfuz.
A review on the system is being conducted by the Attorney-Gen-eral's Chambers and the Road Transport Department relating to laws and technicality following a public outcry on the AES' "sensitivity" in detecting speeding vehicles.
The number of traffic offences at 14 locations have dropped drastically following the installation of the cameras last year.
Mahfuz also pro-mised that Pakatan would do away with all AES summonses issued before the study was held.
To an unrelated issue, Mahfuz declined to comment on a ban on women performers by the Pas-led Kedah state government from taking part in Chinese New Year stage shows.
He instead asked reporters to direct the questions to the Kedah state government.
"The decision is made by Kedah state officials. The statement on the matter comes from the state government.
"So, you (reporters) better direct the questions to them."

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