Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has been slammed for refusing to suspend the controversial Automated Enforcement System (AES) and for dispatching his transport minister to defend the commercialisation of traffic cameras to two private companies.

NONEDAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Najib should himself personally justify the AES 1Malaysia cameras instead of relying on Transport Minister Kong Cho Ha.

He said this was because Kong had not only lost the confidence of Malaysians but also that of Umno Youth and Gerakan, both of which had openly opposed AES.
"What is the use of Najib asking Kong to explain if even Umno Youth and Gerakan are not listening?" asked Lim.
Lim said Najib must ask Kong to explain three important areas of public concerns related to the AES:
  • Why must the installation of AES 1Malaysia cameras be commercialised and privatised?
  • Why was there no adjustment of speed limits on certain stretches of the roads, which at 50 or 60 km/hr is too low?
  • Why was there no open hearing with the public, stakeholders, road-users and those most affected by the AES 1Malaysia cameras?
Lim, the Penang chief minister, said BN’s AES punishes the rakyat in order to enrich private companies.

"Compare (this) to Penang Pakatan Rakyat’s Agenda Ekonomi Saksama (AES), or Equitable Economic Agenda, that strives to wipe out poverty," said Lim in a statement.

"This highlights the different policy approach towards economic development," he added.

BN’s AES vs Pakatan’s AES

Lim then made a comparison between the two AES.

BN installs 1Malaysia cameras without any open competitive tender that benefits certain crony companies through commissions for every traffic summons issued, he said.

On the other hand, Penang AES will allow the state to be the first in Malaysia to be free from poverty by next year.

Clarifying this further, Lim said Penang was the first state to wipe out hardcore poverty - households with monthly income of less than RM400 - in 2009.

Penang had earlier intended to wipe out poverty by 2015 but the zero poverty target was brought forward by two years to 2013 due to the good financial performance of the state in 2011, he added.