Published: Sunday October 28, 2012 MYT 6:27:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 28, 2012 MYT 6:57:00 PM
Transport Minister slams Opposition state rep who refuses to pay traffic summonses
By ELWEEN LOKE
SITIAWAN: Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha slammed an Opposition state assemblyman who publicly refused to pay traffic summonses issued under the Automated Enforcement System (AES).
He said the assemblyman, who had disregarded the law, had set a bad example for road users.
"As a people's representative, he should not make such an irresponsible statement," he said this during a talk on current issues organised by MCA Lumut division here Sunday.
Kong, who is also Lumut MP, had called on the assemblyman to reveal the seven summonses he was issued.
"I would like to see if those summonses really exist. It could be one of his lies created to politicise the issue," he said.
Kong reiterated that AES was introduced to improve traffic safety among road users.
"The AES, which is implemented in more than 90 countries worldwide, has effectively reduced traffic accident by more than 50%," he said.
He said about 400,000 accident cases take place in Malaysia every year and 6,877 victims died in fatal accidents last year.
Kong said he noticed many road users had begin to observe the speed limit since the system was implemented on Sept 23.
"This shows there is an increase in public awareness on AES," he said, adding that it was a good sign.
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