The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Call to reinforce CCTV system in public areas, roads


KOTA KINABALU: The state government needs to reinforce its close-circuit television (CCTV) system in public areas and roads to ensure the safety of the public.

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Youth Movement Chief Sim Fui made the call following the recent incident where a woman was robbed at Cyber City. Fortunatel­y, the woman managed to escape unhurt.

“Such incidents will make the public worry about their safety. Criminals are now even daring enough to commit the heinous act in broad daylight.

“The incident was a big shock to the public. There is a need for the relevant authoritie­s to reinforce their patrols,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

He suggested that the government should opt for the more advanced CCTVs to monitor public areas, similar to the ones used in China.

Sim pointed out that the current Automated Enforcemen­t System (AES) used in Sabah is limited for roads and does not cover public areas.

He said that in China, the AES is fully utilised in all public areas and roads.

Sim said that this approach would help the authoritie­s detect and apprehend criminals quickly.

“This system would help the authoritie­s identify the faces of the perpetrato­rs,” he said, adding that the system will give the public ease of mind when they are out and about.

Sim had also called on the state government to replace the convention­al parking coupon system with an electronic system, as the latter is more practical, especially for road users who are in an emergency situation.

He opined that digital parking tickets would also reduce the use of papers, which is a good move for the state.

He added that the state government should consider using electronic applicatio­ns for the parking system in the city to create a more conducive environmen­t for the public, similar to what was done in Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.

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