Ong: CCTV cameras only one of many steps


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 20 Jun 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The directive to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras is only one of many steps taken by the Government in a co-ordinated effort to curb snatch thefts, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said. 

“By itself, CCTVs will of course not solve the problem. It is only one of many steps which the Government will take,” he said to reporters after opening Koperasi Serbaguna Malaysia (KSM) Bhd’s 25th annual general meeting at Wisma MCA yesterday. 

Ong said he felt it was necessary to clarify media reports which created the impression that CCTVs were the solution to snatch thefts. 

He said what CCTVs could do was to record any incidents as well as deter crimes from happening. 

Ong stressed that other government departments and agencies such as the Internal Security Ministry and police would also come together to solve crime. 

“The announcement on CCTVs was made because that is my ministry’s part to play in this effort,” he said, adding that it was not proper for him to jump the gun and announce measures which would taken by other ministries. 

He said his ministry would give all the support needed to the efforts of other agencies. 

In the long term, Ong said the safe city concept should be implemented to prevent crime. 

“This will include separating pedestrians from motorcyclists,” he said, adding that the concept should be incorporated into city planning in the future. 

On the RM1.5bil Broga incinerator project, Ong said he would from now on leave all announcements to his secretary-general, Datuk Lokman Hakim Mohd Jasan. 

“He is head of the project’s steering committee and he will be the best person to make all statements,” he said. 

Earlier in his speech, Ong, who is also MCA president, urged KSM to be innovative and not be left behind by changes. 

“You should also be humble and ready to learn,” he said. 

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