Kong Cho Ha Should Suspend the AES 1Malaysia Cameras Or Resign Rather Than Be An Ostrich In The Sand And Blindly Support Something That He Claims To Know Nothing About.(en/cn)

Press Statement by DAP Secretary-General and MP for Bagan Lim Guan Eng in Kuala Lumpur on 8.11.2012

It has been reported today that Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha stated that he has no obligation, responsibility or interest in knowing the identity and background of the biggest shareholder of one of the two contractors for the devious Automated Enforcement System (AES) 1Malaysia cameras.

On Monday, PKR central committee member Chang Lih Kang alleged that one of the two firms given the AES contract has links with Johor UMNO, whereby the largest shareholder of the firm is the eldest child of a division chief and the deputy Wanita UMNO chief of Johor. Both parents and a cousin are also said to be state assemblymen.

According to the Oriental Daily News, Kong was also quoted as saying that he has no relationship with the shareholder and that the contract to the two firms had been approved by the Cabinet in 2008 before he was appointed to his current post.

It is preposterous for Kong as a Minister to dismiss these allegations and shrug off responsibility by saying that he has no obligation, responsibility or interest to know the identity and background of the people involved. If Kong really doesn’t know such important details of the AES 1Malaysia cameras, then he should suspend it with immediate effect. If Kong is unwilling to suspend the implementation of the AES 1Malaysia cameras, then he should resign rather than adopt an “ostrich in the sand” approach and blindly support something that he does not know about.

Kong should therefore either suspend the AES 1Malaysia cameras immediately or resign, as it is shocking and unthinkable that we have such a “know nothing, do nothing” Minister who would rather knowingly support something that has caused great public unhappiness.

Malaysians deserve the right to know the truth because the award of the contract had not been done through open competitive tender. In 2006, 9 companies participated in an invited tender by the Ministry of Transport, out of which only 7 submitted proposals. As a result, the issuing of summons has now been commercialised and privatised in a sweetheart deal which will see the 2 concessionaires get a commission from every summons issued from the 831 cameras that will be installed throughout the country. This profit-sharing agreement is clearly not in the public interest and done solely for the private profiteering of BN crony companies.

The AES 1Malaysia cameras are now the subject of strenuous opposition from both sides of the divide including from the BN backbenches. Clearly there is a double game being played as on the one hand the AES 1Malaysia cameras are approved by the Cabinet but on the other hand it is being attacked by UMNO Youth and Gerakan. BN’s confusion must be a symptom of electionitis, as they are desperately trying to wriggle their way into the voters’ good books but at the same are actually the real culprits behind this scandal.

LIM GUAN ENG

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民主行动党秘书长兼峇眼国会议员林冠英于2012年11月8日在吉隆坡发表的文告

江作汉必须搁置实行“一个马来西亚照相机”自动执法系统(AES),否则就应该辞职,好过像鸵鸟一样一头栽进沙堆中,盲目支持他声称一无所知的事情。

根据今天的报导交通部长拿督斯里江作汉声称他没有义务、责任及兴趣知道其中一家“一马照相机”自动执法系统承包商背后股东的显赫背景及身份。

周一,公正党中央委员郑立糠指控自动执法系统两家承包商的其中一家与柔佛州巫统有关系,因为该公司的大股东是柔佛巫统某区部主席及柔佛巫统妇女组副主席的长女。该大股东的双亲及表亲也都被指是州议员。

根据东方日报报导,江作汉称他与自动执法系统承包商的股东没有任何关系,该两家公司的合约是内阁在2008年批准,当时他还没有当交通部长。

江作汉作为一名部长,为了逃避指控及规避责任,竟然说出他没有义务、责任及兴趣知道牵涉该计划背后人物的身份及背景,这简直荒谬可笑。若江作汉确实不知道“一马照相机”自动执法系统如此重要的细节,他更应该马上搁置这项计划。 如果江作汉不愿搁置实行“一马照相机”自动执法系统,他就应该引咎辞职,好过像鸵鸟一样,一头栽进沙堆中,盲目支持他本身一无所知的事情。

令人震惊和不可思议的是,我们有一个“什么都不知道、什么都不去做”的部长,他支持一些明知会引起群众反弹及不快的事,因此江作汉应该即刻搁置“一马照相机”自动执法系统,或者是辞去其职位。

马来西亚人民应受赋予知的权力,因为有关的合约是在没有公开竞争招标的情况下发出的。在2006年,9家公司参与了由交通部发出的“邀请式招标”,其中7家呈上献议书。结果,这桩“交易”,让罚单也商业化及私营化了,成功益惠两家获得特许经营权的集团。自此,每一张从全国各地831架“一马相机”所拍摄到的违规罚单,这两家公司都可从中受益。这个“共享盈利”的合约,明显地并不是顾及公众利益,而是纯粹为了顾及国阵朋党公司的私人利益而设的。

这个“一马AES相机”现在已沦为朝野强烈反对的课题,包括国阵的后座议员。很明显的,有人在玩着双面人的游戏,因“一马AES相机”是由内阁批准的,可是在同一个时候,它却被巫青团及民政党所抨击。国阵的自我混淆,肯定是因为选举症候群使然,因为他们一方面使尽全力博取人民的好感,可是却同时成为这宗丑闻背后的罪魁祸首。

林冠英

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