Consumerist: AES To Be Contractor’s Cash Cow And BN’s GE13 Waterloo?

Dato Jacob George

Photo: Read http://www.drjacobgeorge.com/ </p><br /><p>Consumerist: AES To Be Contractor’s Cash Cow And BN’s GE13 Waterloo?</p><br /><p>As far as I am concerned it is all about revenue and making Malaysian road users pay so that certain cronies linked to political parties and its henchmen can make money!</p><br /><p>It has nothing to do with the issue of safety at all!</p><br /><p>I am now told that the number of summons have gone past the 100,000 mark and if that is true from the limited number of cameras put up it already means 100,000 x RM300.00 per offence!</p><br /><p>No mitigation whatsoever!</p><br /><p>This will making using all Malaysian roads a hazard and a financial pain for the consumer.</p><br /><p>I cannot but ask what lies in store for the Malaysian road users when all 818 cameras or more go on line?</p><br /><p>We are told that over 90 countries use them?</p><br /><p>But even in the US there is still debate on it and in all the other countries there is no money making model but raising awareness being the focus!</p><br /><p>Here we are told it is the answer to the rising fatalities on Malaysian roads?</p><br /><p>We are told that over RM717 million has been spent by the contractors? Really?</p><br /><p>At one meeting the talk was all about the contractors losing ‘revenue?’</p><br /><p>Really it is revenue and not safety at the apex of this implementation?</p><br /><p>And we are also told that there has been enough time given all round (10 years!) and a decision has been taken to implement the AES?</p><br /><p>So far no one has answered my question whether the implementation of the AES violates the Road Transport Act?</p><br /><p>I will not be kind to cite the specific area but allow our so called intelligentsia to seriously ponder where I am hinting on the possible deviation!</p><br /><p>I cannot understand why the government cannot fork out the RM717 million allegedly spent on the said project and continue addressing this area as they have done so well under the joint operation of the JPJ and the Police?</p><br /><p>Why give it to private operators?</p><br /><p>I know at the official brief they cited thinking we are all stupid that it was because of 1. The Cost 2. The Expertise 3. Absorb cost of damage through vandalism – Really?</p><br /><p>I cannot understand why we need private contractors to intervene in a specific ‘law and order’ situation?</p><br /><p>I cannot also understand why the rush and whose interests is been looked at?</p><br /><p>I am advised that so far there has already been over 100 thousand summons a result of just 14 cameras working and address that figure with RM300.00 per summon – go do that maths!</p><br /><p>No wonder we have such rush to implement this rather abusive project!</p><br /><p>Greed knows no bounds and sad it is done all in the name of safety!</p><br /><p>I am now told the company that manages it has set up a warehouse with hundreds of work stations manned by individuals whose duties is to roll out the summons!</p><br /><p>It means as my dear friends Aziz, KJ and Bung and members of the BNBC put it at the official brief at Parliament the agenda is to maximization of summons not realizing the official mammoth backlash expected on the BN who is already facing numerous obstacles from within and out because RM300.00 is a huge sum an depending on the number of summons issued per vehicle in a day, week or month!</p><br /><p>I hope the Cabinet in its deliberations and foresight freezes the said project subject to re-discussions and a comprehensive review of existing problems that I have raised before in a select committee comprising of the consumer and civil society groups!

Consumerist: AES To Be Contractor’s Cash Cow And BN’s GE13 Waterloo?

As far as I am concerned it is all about revenue and making Malaysian road users pay so that certain cronies linked to political parties and its henchmen can make money!

It has nothing to do with the issue of safety at all!

I am now told that the number of summons have gone past the 100,000 mark and if that is true from the limited number of cameras put up it already means 100,000 x RM300.00 per offense!

No mitigation whatsoever!

What is this when even in court mitigation is allowed before sentencing!

This will making using all Malaysian roads a hazard and a financial pain for the consumer.

I cannot but ask what lies in store for the Malaysian road users when all 818 cameras or more go on line?

We are told that over 90 countries use them? Are you sure? Certainly not implemented in a manner like this!

But even in the US there is still debate on it and in all the other countries there is no money making model but raising awareness being the focus!

Here we are told it is the answer to the rising fatalities on Malaysian roads?

We are told that over RM717 million has been spent by the contractors? Really?

At one meeting the talk was all about the contractors losing ‘revenue?’

Really it is revenue and not safety at the apex of this implementation?

And we are also told that there has been enough time given all round (10 years!) and a decision has been taken to implement the AES?

So far no one has answered my question whether the implementation of the AES violates the Road Transport Act?

I will not be kind to cite the specific area but allow our so called intelligentsia to seriously ponder where I am hinting on the possible deviation!

I cannot understand why the government cannot fork out the RM717 million allegedly spent on the said project and continue addressing this area as they have done so well under the joint operation of the JPJ and the Police?

Why give it to private operators?

I know at the official brief they cited thinking we are all stupid that it was because of 1. The Cost 2. The Expertise 3. Absorb cost of damage through vandalism – Really?

I cannot understand why we need private contractors to intervene in a specific ‘law and order’ situation?

I cannot also understand why the rush and whose interests is been looked at?

I am advised that so far there has already been over 100 thousand summons a result of just 14 cameras working and address that figure with RM300.00 per summon – go do that maths!

No wonder we have such rush to implement this rather abusive project!

Greed knows no bounds and sad it is done all in the name of safety!

I am now told the company that manages it has set up a warehouse with hundreds of work stations manned by individuals whose duties is to roll out the summons!

It means as my dear friends MPs Aziz, KJ and Bung and members of the BNBC put it at the official brief at Parliament, is the agenda to maximize summons – a ‘commercializing of summons’ – not realizing the official mammoth backlash expected on the BN when this is done!

We are all aware that the BN faces numerous obstacles from within and out and the AES and its RM300.00 is another trigger point for voters and consumers as RM300/- without mitigation is a huge sum and depending on the number of summons issued per vehicle in a day, week or month!

CASSA – http://www.cassa.org.my/ in its recent interview of 1200 consumers received a strict rejection of the AES in the manner it is formulated and implemented today!

If this is not a backlash, I wonder what the political damage would be IF a national referendum on the same is done!

I hope the Cabinet in its good sense, deliberations and foresight freezes the said project subject to re-discussions and a comprehensive review of existing problems that I have raised before in a select committee comprising of the consumer and civil society groups!

Already a opposition linked pressure group is readying 100 lawyers for those who wish to challenge the AES ‘driven and derived’ summons in court!

Its game on surely and one where the consumers will support certainly – as – you do not have to be a rocket scientist to know this!

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