Thursday, 1 November 2012

Don't use AES issue as political play

Pakatan is using the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) issue as part of their political play, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

He said the opposition should not put people's lives at risk for their own political end.

"When accidents happen, they question why we do not do enough.

"But when we do something and take action, they use it as a political manouvre. I think it's very unfair," he said.

When asked about objections and plea to delay the system, Kong said he had briefed the parties including the Penang and Selangor state government.

"I don't think they are objecting but are merely asking us to clarify some things.

"I don't think anyone objected outrightly, even the Pakatan (leaders), they want us to brief them," he said.

Almost 40 per cent or 331 out of the 831 cameras to be installed under the AES are in Pakatan-led states.

Penang was the first state to announce its decision to defer the implementation, followed by Kelantan, Kedah and Selangor.

Kong questioned why anyone would want to object to something that will improve road safety and reduce death rate.

He said every year over 400,000 accidents occured and more than 6,800 people died on the road in the country.

"Something must be done. We have heard from many who have come forward to tell us that people are now beginning to drive according to speed limit due to the system.   
"I hope this issue will not be politicised further,"he said.

The minister denied the implementation of the system was rushed.

"We have been engaging stakeholders for several years now, even in Parliament it's been debated and answered for a few years.

"We can’t say this is something we rushed into,"he said.

Source : Click


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