New Year’s Fundamental Change

Speculation is rife over the sudden transfer of former Road Safety Department director-general Leslie Leon to Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) effective from yesterday.

It is learned that the recent brickbat on the lack of information of Automated Enforcement System (AES) to the public and its importance to road safety effort have led to the decision of changing key government staff in 2013.

The new man at the helm of Putrajaya’s administration on road safety acumen is Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah. He was formerly the director-general of Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) under the Prime Minister’s Department from November 10, 2008 until Monday.

Director-General of Road Safety Department
Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah.
Tam was considered as an excellent communicator to PCB stakeholders while succeeded to resolve several long outstanding complaints put forward by rakyat.

Some observers cited lack of integrated communication on the AES and concerted effort by the agencies under the Transport Ministry over the past few months as the main reasons of latest shuffle.

“There is an urgent need to clear the air about the AES issue as part of the long term road safety objectives. The dissemination of information could have been better,” said a source to Cars, Bikes & Trucks (CBT) last night.

However, the source cautioned that the change of personnel was more about beefing up the AES implementation.

“Remember, at the moment AGC is studying on the best mechanism on the AES legal cases and Leslie coming into to the Chambers would certainly assist them to address the loopholes,” said the insider.

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