MBKS to equip enforcement officers with body-worn cameras by May 2021

MBKS mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng (first row, second left), together with acting city secretary and the enforcement team doing a test run on the new body camera last Saturday (April 3, 2021).

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KUCHING, April 5: Kuching City South Council (MBKS) will fully equip its enforcement officers with body-worn cameras as an effort to ensure better efficiency and transparency by May 2021.

This, according to the press statement of MBKS today, is in line with Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian’s vision for all local governments to enhance their services via digital technology.

End of last year (2020), MBKS had purchased one set of body-worn cameras for the MBKS Enforcement Team with only recording feature for trial usage.

And for this year, to enhance the usage of the body-worn cameras, MBKS purchased additional body cameras with more features such as “live recording”.

“This is part of the Council proactive move to monitor the conduct of the officers when on the field and the recordings will be used as reference or evidence should any untoward incident takes place and at the same time to increase the integrity, efficiency and transparency of the enforcement officers when dealing with the public,” said MBKS.

The Council will fully enforce the use of body-worn cameras for the Enforcement Team by May 2021.  The event will be launched by Dr Sim. — DayakDaily