LET me tell you about a country that has devised a tool to catch criminals in the act of breaking the law, writes Rita Sim (columnist with the New Straits Times)
This tool enables enforcement authorities to track down wrongdoers in
many locations, punish them and effectively reduce deaths of innocent
For some reason, however, there are people opposing the use of this tool. They say that the tool will "burden" the criminals.
They say that there should be signs put up to alert wrongdoers about
the tool, so that they can avoid them (and go on to commit the same
atrocity elsewhere, presumably).
The country is Malaysia. The tool is the Automated Enforcement System
(AES) and the "criminals" are drivers who speed on the road and run red
lights, putting themselves and other road users in danger.
As for those opposing the AES? They are the usual suspects -- political
players who see the potential to cause disruption and cast doubt on the
project by making opaque statements about "having the people's best
interests at heart".
The number of fatal accidents in the country is alarmingly high. Everyone should be concerned.
I'm sure we all are - except for some idiotic people bent on playing politics.
It seems most Malaysians want or need to blame someone.
Poor enforcement, poor roads ..poor everything. Never themselves.
So, just blame the weather-lah.