AES: BN ‘laps up’ Pakatan’s Proposals


KUALA LUMPUR, August 23: Barisan Nasional (BN) how is forced to lap up all their reasons when they rejected Pakatan Rakyat’s argument of strongly opposing the move to surrender the implementation of the Automatic Enforcement System (AES) operations to the private sector in its early stages.

If BN was open to hear out the opinions of Pakatan Rakyat leaders and the general public before the implementation of the AES, the AES operational acquisition issue would have not come up, thus saving the people’s money.

The move to acquire the AES operations, as stated by the Acting Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein recently, will certainly involve a huge compensation payment to the two private AES operators.

According to the Communications Director of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the government should have conducted an in-depth study on all aspects, including the views of Pakatan Rakyat and the general public before implementing anything, including the implementation of the AES.

“One of the reasons why we are angry about this AES issue is because it is a private system where they will reap profits and the people question whether it would greatly affect road users, and now, the acquisition will certainly involve the people’s money.

“This was our argument from the beginning, when the AES was to be implemented. We asked why the AES should be privatised if it was really going to be implemented.

“We are not against road safety issues and so no, but it looks like it has gone back to the proposal which we first voiced out during the early stages of the implementation of the AES. If from the early stages of implementation a little of our opinions were considered, there would be no need to deal with this problem,” said the Deputy Speaker of the Selangor State Assembly, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad.

Prior to this, during the early stages last year, when the AES was going to be implemented, in addition to disagreeing with the implementation of the AES, which was being done hastily, Pakatan Rakyat and the majority of road users also questioned the move for the government to pass the operation concessions of the AES to two private companies.

However, at the time, the government was adamant in going through with the implementation of the AES, with private companies operating it.

However, after the Economic Council Meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday, Hishammuddin said that the government is considering acquiring the entire operation and enforcement of the AES from the current operators.

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