CONSUMERIST: AES ANOTHER MONEY SPINNING SCHEME, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS!
The nations ‘intelligent people’ supposedly, have shared their latest ‘mantra’ and ‘justification’ that the just implemented, amidst protest from both sides of the political divide the Automatic Enforcement System (AES), is geared at catching speedsters and to reduce road accidents.
Basically, these rather ‘intelligent people’, supposedly the cream of Malaysia are really stating that it is basically speed as the root causes of accidents!
But strangely when ‘people of substandard intelligence’ like you and I, look at the statistics of accidents and study its background – we see that there were in 2005 a reported 31,222 casualties from motorcycle accidents, which basically constitutes to 66 percent of all traffic accidents in Malaysia!
Something these intelligent spin masters forgot to note!
Perhaps, those rather very ‘intelligent people’ also failed to have access to another reality – that a 2010 report by the police and Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) stated that there were 120,156 accidents involving motorcycles from the 9.4 million registered motorcycles.
Of this, there were 12,112 casualties with 3,614 rider fatalities and 422 pillion rider fatalities.
It does not end there as according to Miros, 3,523 accidents involved pedestrians in 2005, 12 percent of whom were children aged one to 18 years.
Gosh – this is turning out to be another fiasco!
Traffic enforcement is just not using the ‘big stick’ or treating it as a business preposition as it is tabled now with two private companies and their political handlers to gain massive profits and at whose name?
Since some ‘very intelligent personalities’ has cited developed nations like France, Germany, Australia, Singapore and the United States may I of substandard intelligence ask a rather pertinent question?
How many of these nations with a geographical area larger than Malaysia (except for Singapore!) have installed 800 AES cameras in place?
As for the Australian manufactured cameras – how many AES cameras have been placed in Australia?
I am advised by a family member in the city of Perth, Western Australia – only 4!
I do not despite not being so intelligent, as the proponents of these multi million ringgit cash cows disagree, that truly the AES is one of the elements of traffic management and accident prevention module.
But it is not the all – as we have others to look at and among them badly designed roads which are either too narrow, badly maintained, poor traffic management, congested, poorly synchronized traffic lights which result in even worst congestion, numerous bottlenecks especially on highways and exiting toll plazas especially the much abused federal highway – the mother of all screwed highways!
What about providing motorcycle lanes, pedestrian facilities, upgrading intersection designs, installing road and intersection lighting and proper signage – having speed limits implemented after a comprehensive study – not just ‘suka suka’ where within a 500 meter stretch we have 50, then 90 then 110?
We Malaysians of ‘smaller IQs and intelligence’ must put up with the official version and plenty of bullshit!
One should not ask because of our ‘lack of intelligence’ how these contracts were financially positioned?
We the ‘lesser intelligent’ should not ask whether contractors sought quotes from foreign vendors, then just tripled the costs and submitted the bids which they knew they were going to get because it is all politically motivated and positioned?
But never mind, they think we are after ‘all idiots!’
They think we should accept without query their a one sided argument ‘hook line and sinker.
‘They do not think it is pertinent to first fix our traffic management system and synchronize traffic lights!
They feel it is not necessary to maintain and fix roads to ensure proper conditions for traffic and reduce fatalities due to potholes and badly maintained roads.
The need like Singapore to remove ‘old junks’ off the road as they pose a significant traffic risk.
Or the need to re-look at the abuse of Police Outriders!
Yes, the police escorts disrupting traffic flow even for a bunch of idiots going to a football game, as we had this last week at Shah Alam!
And come to think of it – if our ministers & politicians want to be appreciated and respected, they should learn to identify with the peoples woes and experience the said jams with us!
As for now, my observation is many of the said AES cameras are installed in locations where you exit the highway where the speed is lower.
These are not accident prone areas but designed to catch as many motorists as possible.
And Yes – the main intention of the AES is to profit cronies not to reduce accidents.
I will not go into the allegations of the inflated costs of the cameras for now!
But public interest demands accountability!
And truly a civilized, cultured and matured society is exactly one that kicks up a fuss over unfair, unjust and unworthy causes, rules and blind spots.
And they have a right to ask the government to come clean IF they can do so for once!
If not, why fret, I will show my anger when GE13 comes along!