Thursday October 11, 2012
No cause for alarm over ATM thefts
At The Dewan Rakyat Yesterday
Reports by MAZWIN NIK ANIS, RAHIMY RAHIM and YVONNE LIM
THE number of incidents involving thefts of cash from ATMs saw a sharp increase with 17 cases reported between January and September this year, the House was told.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussein said the number of similar cases reported last year was only five.
“There are 11,320 ATM machines operating nationwide and the 17 cases reported so far this year shows that things are still under control and most machines are safe from robbery attempts,” he said in response to a question by Fong Kui Lun (DAP-Bukit Bintang).
Awang Adek said financial institutions had taken several measures to prevent cash thefts from ATMs, including reducing the amount of cash put into the machines.
He said banks had also relocated the machines from areas identified as high risk.
“Financial institutions have beefed up security by installing CCTVs, using tamper-resistance machines and putting in place fire alarms to prevent the use of oxy cutters,” he said.
Awang Adek added that battery-operated alarms were also installed to ensure the equipment would still be working during a blackout.
The House also heard that 930 prisoners were in death row.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop said they were there for various crimes, such as drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder, illegal firearms and national security.
However, he said, the penalty could not be carried out as many were appealing their cases at the courts or state Pardons Board.
Of the total, 725 people were appealing their sentences at the courts and 205 petitioned the respective state Pardons Board, he told Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) during Question Time.
Karpal had wanted to know the number of prisoners awaiting execution in death row.
Abu Seman said that since 2001 until Aug 31, six out of 41 prisoners had been pardoned and their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment, 33 were sentenced to life in prison, one was released earlier than his original jail term and one was immediately released.
The Government, he added, maintained that it had no plan to abolish the death penalty.
He noted that the Prisons Department had the obligation to provide correctional and rehabilitation services for released prisoners to be able to assimilate in society and ensure they would be law-abiding citizens.