THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) will be getting an additional 50 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) to boost its existing CCTV network to deter crime.
“Like all local authorities, the CCTVs are primarily used for crime monitoring purposes, and occasionally to monitor traffic as well.
“They are not for monitoring illegal rubbish dumping activities or illegal advertisements,” said MPSJ president Datuk Asmawi Kasbi.
Asmawi said the locations of the CCTVs was determined by the police and hence were usually placed at crime hotspots and main roads.
“The CCTV programmes are state government and Federal government initiatives, the latter under the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT).
“The existing network comprises 100 units contributed by the state government and 24 by KPKT,” he said.
Asmawi said the 50 new CCTVs would be installed by GTC Global Sdn Bhd, but the monitoring would be done by MPSJ on a 24-hour basis at its control centre.
In response to councillor R. Rajiv’s query on success stories in nabbing those who had flouted council by-laws using the CCTVs, Asmawi said the CCTVs were installed to deter crime.
“The MPSJ only acts as providers of the CCTV footage and any further action is taken by the police,” said Asmawi.
Rajiv also questioned the decrease in summons lock cases during a graph presentation at yesterday’s MPSJ full board meeting.
“The graph indicates there is a decrease in cases in June and July, yet cases of illegal parking remains rampant in USJ Taipan and SS15,” he said.
Enforcement department director Ahmad Hasan clarified that the reduction in cases was due to the decrease in the number of available summons lock as some offenders had chosen not to settle their compounds.
“We get a stock of about 2,000 summons lock units every year,” he said.
“About 75% of the summonses are paid each time parking enforcement campaigns are carried out.”
The summons lock campaign was introduced in late 2009 in USJ Taipan, and subsequently SS15, to address the issue of indiscriminate parking in popular commercial areas.
In order to get it unlocked, offenders have to settle their compound of RM80 at MPSJ office.
If the summons lock is damaged, or if they are opened without MPSJ’s permission, the offenders could be slapped with an additional fine or be taken to court.
Legal department director Anita Abd Jalil said more than 400 vandalism compounds for summons lock had been issued.
“A total of 10 cases have been taken to court for further action by the deputy prosecutor and they are presently awaiting court process,”
“If found guilty, the penalty for this vandalism offence is a maximum of RM2,000 fine or six months’ jail, or both,” she said
Asmawi preferred if offenders were given at least a one-week jail term to educate them on the implications of their offence.
Ahmad said there are plans to extend the summons lock campaign to Bandar Puteri Puchong, next year.
Meanwhile, MPSJ’s Corporate Planning Department will be planning a series of public service announcement (PSA) videos to be uploaded on MPSJ’s Youtube channel.
“The PSA will be used as an education and awareness tool for the public, such as proper garbage disposal methods, cleanliness and health campaigns, vandalism prevention and promotion of neighbourly spirit,” said MPSJ assistant corporate director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.
“The channel presently has a few clips highlighting past council programmes.
“We are looking at the possibility of smart partnership ties in terms of getting expertise or funding to create videos with an impact.”
The MPSJ’s Youtube channel can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/MPSubangJaya