Published: Saturday October 20, 2012 MYT 12:19:00 PM
Updated: Saturday October 20, 2012 MYT 5:17:22 PM
Kong: AES system came about 10 years ago
By EILEEN NG
KUALA LUMPUR: The Automated Enforcement System (AES) was not implemented in a rush as the government had thought of having such a system 10 years ago.
Transport minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said in 2003, the government studied similar automated systems in other countries and found that accidents and road fatalities reduced by as much as 60%.
Following that, nine companies took part in a tender exercise in 2006.
"From the nine, seven companies gave live demonstrations (of their systems)," Kong told a press conference after opening the Wanita MCA's 37th annual general assembly on Saturday.
Kong, who is MCA secretary-general, said a selection committee reviewed all the biddings.
Members of the committee included the Treasury, police, Attorney-General Chambers and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency.
"In 2009, two companies were selected to install and run the system," he said.
Kong said throughout the time, the Transport Ministry's representatives conducted various media interviews on the matter. He gave the assurance that more public engagements and awareness programmes would be conducted to get the people to understand the system better.