Offenders be warned: 24-hour CCTV surveillance soon in Batu Kawah

Dr Sim (right) inspecting one of the sites where CCTVs will be installed.

KUCHING, Dec 24: Batu Kawah area will soon be under 24-hour CCTV surveillance as the installation of the closed-circuit televisions in 18 strategic locations is now underway.

Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian said installation works are expected to be completed in the next few months.

“Planning for the project began in 2021 and the selected contractor has received the letter of appointment following the open tender procedure and has started installation works on sites.

“Under the Kuching Smart City initiative, Ministry of Public Health, Housing and Local government will collaborate with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) to install 800 CCTVs in 200 strategic locations in four local councils’ area,” he said in a statement during a visit to inspect the CCTV installation sites in Batu Kawah today.

The locations in Batu Kawah to be installed with CCTVs are Kuching City Mall commercial centre A/B, Taman Desa Wira A/B, Emart Batu Kawa commercial centre A/B, nearby area of Emart commercial centre, Batu Kawah New Township A-E, Batu Kawah New Township market, BK Square shoplot, Batu Kawah Bazaar (old town and waterfront), 38 shoplots at Batu Kawah Commercial Centre and Taman Sri Moyan.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government, pointed out that the installation of the CCTVs are meant to strengthen and improve the security and safety of the public.

“The project would cover the jurisdiction of four local councils in the southern region – namely Kuching South City Council (MBKS) with 317 CCTVs in 80 locations; Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) with 310 CCTVs in 80 locations; Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) with 119 CCTVs in 30 locations and Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) with 79 CCTVs in 20 locations.

“More than 800 CCTVs will be installed in 200 strategic locations in Greater Kuching, especially in mostly densely populated areas with high traffic flow,” he said.

The Batu Kawah assemblyman added that all CCTVs will operate 24-hours a day, and the data will be fed to SMA’s integrated Operation Centre so that local councils, police and other government agencies can take appropriate action according to the situation. — DayakDaily