DAP man: Look into inoperative CCTVs within MPP areas before embarking on new project

A photo depicting a CCTV system which is allegedly inoperative at the Jalan Dogan roundabout.

KUCHING, Dec 27: The Sarawak government should look into the existing closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs) which are not operational within Padawan Municipal Council’s (MPP) jurisdiction before embarking on larger CCTV project, says Michael Kong Feng Nian, special assistant to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen.

He noted that Sarawak Minister for Public Health, Local Government and Housing-cum-Batu Kawah assemblyman Dr Sim Kui Hian had announced the installation of CCTVs in 18 strategic locations in Batu Kawah.

He said it is only proper for the Sarawak government to look into its existing CCTV programs before embarking on a large-scale project such as the installation of 800 CCTVs in 200 locations in Greater Kuching.


“Currently, there are 18 CCTVs at numerous locations within MPP’s jurisdiction which were previously installed on a trial basis for future CCTV plans.

“These CCTVs were installed at a price of RM600,000, approximately RM33,000 per CCTV.

“Some, if not a majority or all, of the CCTVs are not operational now. These include the CCTVs at Jalan Arang and Jalan Dogan’s roundabout,” he said in a statement today.

Kong further added that there must be good governance to ensure the proper implementation of projects for the benefit of the public.

“As such, I urge the Sarawak government to look into MPP’s existing CCTV system and make sure all of them are in working order.

“Any issues or problems faced ought to be identified and fine-tuned before embarking on another large-scale project which will cost the taxpayers tens of millions of ringgits,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily