Sunday, 9 December 2012

Cloth covers for cameras in Selangor

The state government will not dismantle the two Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras in Selangor, opting instead to cover them with red cloth.

State executive councillor Ronnie Liu said he preferred to turn the cameras off or dismante it altogether, but Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim decided that it would be best to drape a cloth over the cameras.

“We will test with the red cloth first,” he said. “We want to see who dares to remove it,” he told said after attending a talk by former Indonesian president B.J. Habibie at Universiti Selangor (Unisel) here yesterday.

The cameras are currently installed at Km6.6 of the South Klang Valley Expressway and Km301.6 of the North-South Highway.

The Selangor Government has been against the installation of the AES cameras, insisting that it infringed on the rights of motorists.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha slammed the state government's latest plan.

“That is a very irresponsible state government, especially (state Local Government, Study and Research Committee chairman) Ronnie Liu who is getting cheap publicity every day.

“The people should know that if they (Pakatan Rakyat) are really a responsible and caring government, they should be concerned about those involved in road accidents,” he said here yesterday.

Road Transport Department (JPJ) director-general Datuk Solah Mat Hassan said the department would not interfere in Selangor's plan to cover up the cameras.

“Any course of action depended on the AES camera service provider, Beta Tegap,” he said.

“This is because the service provider must ensure that the system operates continuously 24/7.

“If they want to cover up the cameras, the provider can always just remove the cloth,” he said yesterday.

In PENANG, the state JPJ director Datuk Hassan Yaacob said the department would come up with an alternate mechanism if the state government continued to reject the AES.

However, it would wait for an invitation from the state before holding a briefing session that by Solah Mat Hassan over the effectiveness of the system.

Source : TheStar


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