Friday 19 October 2012

'Traffic enforcement should not be privatised'

  • Teresa Kok
  • 12:33PM Oct 19, 2012
MP SPEAKS The Transport Ministry has snubbed public opinion and stubbornly proceeded with the execution and installation of Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras.

The implementation of the system is not transparent and its effectiveness is doubtful. This is why there is bipartisan support among MPs calling for the review of the system.

lim kit siang parliament pc 201008 kong cho haInstead of listening to public concerns, Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha (right) is lecturing road users, telling them to be more understanding and reasonable to reduce the high numbers of road accident.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri added during the debate on the Supply Bill 2013 in Dewan Rakyat yesterday that "it is up to the road users to beat the system". It is obvious that Kong and Abdul Rahim did not given proper attention to the public interest.

It is improper to outsource or privatise the enforcement and implementation of the AES to two private companies when the terms of the concessionaires are not made public.

Having heavy fines alone is not the practical way to bring down accident rates when road users are already struggling to make ends meet in their daily life.

The ministry should consider other measurements, for example, put more road bumps, yellow lines as a warning to reduce speed, micro-bumps, and ensure proper roads maintenance is carried out.

I want the transport minister to reconsider the implementation of the AES.

TERESA KOK Kok is member of Parliament for Seputeh

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