Saturday, September 21, 2019

CCTV and Body Cams Must Record and Records Stored - Waste of money if CCTV do not record?

Make sure that the body-cams and CCTV cameras record - and records are stored safely for at least 6 years..

Last time CCTV in police lockups in some station did not record - so only monitored could not be available in death in police custody cases...

Some small business have CCTVs but then after a certain time the record is deleted and new image recorded over - This must not be the case for CCTV at police stations or the body-cams ...It must record..and the records must be stored for at least 6 years (or more if ongoing trial,etc...)

The government will allocate RM73mil to install CCTV cameras in all police lockups nationwide, says Law Minister Datuk Seri Liew Vui Keong.

Body-cams for enforcers - long overdue but finally is here - but again, it must record...and recordings stored not deleted ...

In the private sector, many employers have CCTVs that monitor employees it odd if anyone opposes the idea of monitoring the law Malaysia ..

Body-cams and CCTV every where in the police station will improve Administration of Justice in Malaysia ... And it will difficult for people to try to bribe our law enforcers...and also for law enforcers to take bribes...More important is that it will DETER police from abusing power, torturing people or even killing anyone unnecessarily..

Good job PM and Pakatan Harapan government ..


PM announces body-cams for all enforcers prone to abuse

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya September 19, 2019. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks during a press conference in Putrajaya September 19, 2019. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 19 — Body-mounted cameras will be issued to enforcement personnel of agencies susceptible to abuse as part of the government’s bid to curb corruption, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced today.

The government will also seek to install more closed-circuit television camera (CCTVs) at strategic locations, including police lockups, where such abuses are regularly alleged.

“For certain officers, this is so we can see what they are doing,” he told a press conference here.

“If they turn it off also we will know.”

Dr Mahathir said the move comes as complaints of corruption at some government agencies persist while others were faced with problems such as lack of manpower in dealing with matters such as transboundary crime.

The government is evaluating its resources to see if it is possible to reallocate manpower to these agencies and avoid incurring additional costs, he added.

The prime minister said the government could not afford to recruit in order to address the shortage.

“We are finding ways (so) maybe we can shift some of the already employed people to more important jobs because we cannot add any more considering do not have the money (to hire people),” he said.

The government's plan to rearrange its human resources reflect the growing burden on agencies such the Immigration, Customs and police face as the country develops and border traffic increases.

Dr Mahathir said the three agencies, in particular, are severely understaffed and have appealed for the government to more recruits, which the government could not afford.

However, the prime minister said his administration will still seek to meet some of the agencies' other needs based on priority.

“We will give priority to certain equipment,” he explained.

“There are CCTV cameras that will need to be installed but we will give priority to the body cameras and CCTVs.

“That also not every department will get. Some will, some will not.”

As of now, no timeline has been given for the installation of the cameras. Dr Mahathir said funding remains a problem and these will only be procured once “there is money”.

The government lost between RM3 and RM5 billion last year alone due to “leakages” at the country’s borders, the prime minister revealed. - Malay Mail, 19/9/2019

Govt approves RM73mil to install CCTVs in all police lockups

Friday, 20 Sep 2019 11:48 AM MYT


KUALA LUMPUR: The government will allocate RM73mil to install CCTV cameras in all police lockups nationwide, says Law Minister Datuk Seri Liew Vui Keong.

He said he hoped the work can be completed by the year-end.

"Works are underway to complete them as soon as possible," he revealed after a visit to the General Operations Force barracks in Cheras on Friday (Sept 20).

He added that the government had also allocated RM100mil to refurbish around 210 lifts in all police buildings.

"The letter of award should be given to the contractor by the end of the month," he said.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, who was also present during the working visit, welcomed the news.

"The CCTV would help tremendously in preventing slander against the police force," the IGP said.

"A lot of the deaths in lockup occur because of health issue. For example when drug addicts, some with HIV even, die in lockup but my men have been accused of beating them.

"So with these CCTVs I feel more at ease," he added.

Regarding the lift refurbishments, Abdul Hamid said works were not scheduled to start this year but they were pushed forward after intervention from the ministry, as well as from the Prime Minister.

"The moment the contractor is awarded (the contract), work will begin. No need to wait for next year. 

We can't wait because my men have been suffering!" the IGP said.

On a related matter, the IGP said he strongly approved of the use of body cameras by the police.

"I welcome it wholeheartedly. We have been asking for equipment upgrades to help the police perform more efficiently.

"The use of bodycam can help prevent slander and accusations against my men, and also, when combined with the new CCTVs, will prevent dereliction of duty.

"If we get the allocation, I wish for my men to be equipped immediately," he said.

Regarding a recent video allegedly linking Penang Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy to terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the IGP said the footage that had been shared online recently came from an old video.

"This is an old issue and it has been raised with the ministry. A decision will be made soon because the act, if proven true, of glorifying a terrorist group, should not occur in this country.

"I will take the appropriate action and there are more cases besides this viral video.

"As I have said before, there will be no more warnings and my side will take immediate action on all who touch on racial and religious tension, as well as all who smear the royal institution.

"Be assured that the police will act fairly in this matter," he said. - Star, 20/9/2019

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