Thursday 1 November 2012

PM shoots down AES poser

  • Koh Jun Lin
  • 7:44PM Nov 1, 2012
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today sidestepped questions on the raging debate over the automated enforcement system (AES) for traffic offences.

Instead, he only wanted to field questions on the meeting of the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) in which he participated in this morning at Parliament.

Reporter: Can I ask about AES?

Najib: Cannot. Talk about this one first. I will talk about AES later.

Press officer: If there are no other questions, I think that is the end of our press conference today.

Before the Najib entered the press conference room, the same press officer also told reporters to focus on the day’s agenda.

Najib said that the meeting that discussed concerns about non-communicable diseases and food security, and a number of ideas were raised during the meeting.

Unlike previous prime ministers and his cabinet colleagues, free-wheeling press conferences when met at functions are extremely rare.
Malaysiakini had intended to use the opportunity ask him to weigh in on ongoing arguments on AES.

While Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha defends the AES, the controversial enforcement system has been met with opposition from some backbenchers, Pakatan Rakyat MPs, and the public.

Thus far, the four Pakatan Rakyat-led states have suspended the implementation of AES, while PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar urged members of the public not to pay compounds for the summons issued by the system, but bring the matter to court instead.

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