Tuesday 20 November 2012

PAS: AES using vehicles with JPJ logo to install cameras

PAS has lodged police reports against AES contractors for allegedly using vehicles with the Road Transport Department’s (JPJ) colours and logo to install the cameras at various locations.

Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar and Jerai MP Mohd Firdaus Jaafar made the reports at the Dang Wangi police headquarters today.

They each made a report claiming that two vehicles, one registered to ATES Sdn Bhd and one registered to Preferred Synergy Sdn Bhd, were caught on camera bearing JPJ’s colours and logo.

NONEMahfuz (left in photo) urged the police to probe the matter under Section 170 of the Penal Code for impersonation and Section 171 for intention to mislead.

“We feel that this is a violation because how can law enforcement be handled by a private company?” exclaimed Mahfuz.

“Does this mean that after this if we want to enforce the law regarding (for example) robbery, we can privatise it to any party?

“This shows that the handling of AES is very suspicious,” he said, adding that it creates suspicion on what is stated in the contract between the government and the companies involved.

NONEMahfuz and Firdaus also showed photos of the vehicles, which were supposedly captured in Gombak (top) and Teluk Intan (bottom) on an unknown date this month.

In the top photo, employees were seen setting up the cameras and unloading equipment out from an orange red vehicle. The workers were wearing traffic vests with ‘BTSB’ printed behind.

In the bottom picture, an orange red vehicle with blue and yellow stripes is parked at the side of a road behind a sign with the speed limit of 60kph.

Both vehicles were photographed from the back, thus revealing their car plate numbers.
Malaysiakini also found another photograph circulating on the Internet depicting a vehicle allegedly owned by an AES contractor with the JPJ logo on its side. The logo is followed by the text ‘Automated Enforcement System Mobile Unit'.

Mahfuz, who leads the PAS-linked anti-postal summons group Kase, said that they cross-checked the vehicles’ registered numbers on the JPJ website, which revealed the companies that owned the vehicles.

When asked by a reporter, Mahfuz confirmed that they will bring the matter up in Parliament and further added that PAS will set up a counter tomorrow at its headquarters at Jalan Raja Laut to help those with AES summonses.

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