Sunday, January 20, 2013


By Mansor Puteh

The authorities in Malaysia admit they are ten years too late in implementing the AES. They needed this long to finally agree to introduce it into the country.

Malaysia can be crime-free, but it cannot be dependent on the acts of its people, but the contribution of some systems.

Saudi Arabia and some other Arab countries are the safest in the world, where at one time we can leave things in the car including the car ignition key without fearing that the vehicle is stolen.

In America, one can be killed over a quarter, or for nothing, other than by being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

In many non-Muslim countries, being at the wrong place at the wrong time, may be difficult to find as every time and everywhere is wrong. 

Alas, the shrewd motorists in Malaysia finally meet their match. But unfortunately, those who ride motorcycles recklessly can still get their way; they can never be summoned for any sort of traffic offenses unlike those who drive cars and other large vehicles.

The motorcyclists deface the license plates of their motorcycles and they can do anything while on the road.

So far no motorcyclist has been issued summons under by the AES – or the Automated Enforcement System.

This means that the AES is not totally fool-proof; it is just for vehicles and not for errand motorcyclists. So motorcyclists can continue to flout the law, and get away with it.

Yet, the AES had to take ten years before it was introduced in Malaysia recently.

I find this pathetic for the Malaysian Police to take so long to finally introduce this system.

They said they wanted to investigate the system to see if it is good.

I am sure they are not the best police force in the world. And if those in the other more developed countries in the West which had introduced it long ago, then surely, the Malaysian Police cannot dilly-dally, but to accept it.

What finally made the Malaysian Police to want to introduce AES in the country?

Surely, it is based on the findings that the other countries that had introduced it had provided. This surely does not need ten years for the authorities in Malaysia to now believe that it is good for the country.

Alas, the AES is ten years too late in coming. It should have been introduced long ago, just as the technology was made available, which the Police in the other countries had found interesting and effective to use.

If the endorsement of the police forces in those countries are got, by them using the system, then surely, the authorities in Malaysia and in other countries, too, cannot deny, but to accept it.

And whereas in other countries, they also have a system to nab motorists who park their vehicles illegally or haphazardly, yet, in Malaysia it still does not exist.

It is more effective to nab offenders who commit such acts, as realizing how easy for them to be given summons for petty issues, will force them to become better drivers.

And if the authorities in Malaysia are also smarter, they can also create a system of their own to nab even those who have committed crimes elsewhere by tracking his movements long before and after the crimes have been created, as the person traveling or using vehicles can be recorded by CCTV from anywhere he maybe, from the time he leaves his house all the way to the scene of the crime and until he hides himself.

All his movements are recorded on CCTV that can be used to track his movement.

And if the members of the public realize the existence of such a system, then surely, they won’t dare to commit any crime as it can be recorded and their movements tracked and recorded.

It is therefore a crime for the authorities not to have introduced the AES long ago.

It is also therefore a more serious crime for the authorities not to be able to nab any criminal because with modern technology, any crime can be exposed and the criminals charged accordingly.

It can come to a time when one can leave ignition keys in the car and hold a stash of cash in our hands to take it to the bank without fearing that one can be attacked or robbed.

And one can also leave the house unattended without fearing anyone else from breaking into it to steal things.

This can happen.

Unfortunately, the system in Malaysia is such that thefts of public properties can take place because the criminals know they can get away with what they are doing.

So we have manholes missing from the pavement. Metal rails and signboards not only defaced but also stolen to be sold to ‘besi buruk’ companies.

Worse, even ATMs can be stolen by the thieve pulling them from the walls.

This is not to say how easy it is for anyone to paste stickers on public properties, including on walls, trees and streetlamps.

So what is the AES? Nothing. Only so few delinquent traffic offenders will be nabbed and produced in court to answer the charges leveled against him, for which he can be fined.

But it still cannot do much more beyond its limited function.

Malaysia therefore needs a Super-AES System or SAESS to finally tame the shrewd.

And when will the Malaysian Police see it fit to fit carcams in all the police petrol vehicles, so that they can record incidents that they can use to prove criminals had happened involving individuals who could be charged accordingly?

It has been done in the police patrol vehicles in America. Will the Malaysian Police take another ten years before they adopt such a system?

They had CCTVs in the police stations, but some of them were out of order when it was necessary to prove an allegation.

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