FFAV says politicians are trying to gain popularity by criticising the AES (Graphic by Dayang Norazhar/The Mole)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Ministry's decision to implement the Automated Enforcement System (AES) should not be politicised as the system was about public safety and not partisan politics, says a Penang-based non-governmental organisation Family and Friends of Accident Victims (FFAV).
A FFAV leader who spoke to The Mole on condition of anonymity said the government should not be easily pressured into calling off the implementation of AES as that would only paint a bad picture of the leadership.
"The government cannot be a flip-flop government that doesn't have the resolve to even introduce new measures to save human life. That would be ridiculous.
“It is sad to see that the effort of government to reduce fatalities on the roads and raise public safety awareness is being undermined by a few parties for the sake of popularity.
“Do these politicians actually care about the number of deaths due to road accidents caused by traffic offenders and speed demons every day? he said.
While expressing his anger and disgust at certain politicians from both sides of the divide, he added that making our roads safer for the people should be the focus and priority.
“Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) has to be firm and not flip-flop in this issue. The law must be enforced the law wisely and rationally," he said.
FFAV members are expected to hand a memorandum to the Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today objecting his decision to put the implementation of the AES in the state on hold.
"We just want the CM, as the head of the state, to look after victims' plight. He should know the statistics of daily accidents in Penang due to rampant law breakers.
"When they (DAP Penang government) refuse to implement the law, are they indirectly protecting the law breakers?" the FFAV leader questioned, adding that protecting law breakers just doesn't make sense even if it was for political reasons.
Penang and other three Pakatan Rakyat-led state governments, Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan, had decided that they will not permit the implementation of AES in their respective states.
Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said that Penang will hold the implementation until the Federal Government agrees to review the system.
"I am not saying that we will completely reject the project, but it must be re-evaluated," Lim was quoted as saying by The Edge.
The AES, which is aimed at reducing fatalities and nabbing traffic offenders, has been criticised by opposition politicians and also some members of Barisan National including Kinabatangan Member of Parliament Datuk Bung Mokhtar and Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.