5,000 CCTV cameras for KL next year, says FT Minister

SOME 5,000 multifunction surveillance cameras will be keeping a close watch on Kuala Lumpur once they are operational next year, says Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic).

“It is our intention to ensure all the CCTVs are multifeature and integrated to make their use more economical.

“More importantly, these CCTVs will help improve urban management while keeping watch on crime and make Kuala Lumpur a more safer city, ” he said in his ministerial winding-up speech.

The Federal Territories Minister said the move was necessary as Kuala Lumpur was lagging behind other cities in relation to the ratio of CCTVs.

“For example, there are 56 CCTVs per thousand population in Beijing, London 67:1,000, Singapore 15:1,000 and Bangkok 5:1,000.

“Kuala Lumpur has only three cameras per thousand population, ” he said.

At present, Annuar said existing CCTVs operate in isolation and for very specific purpose such as traffic management (1,900 units), monitoring flood prone areas (100 units),

270 at public parks, 130 near rivers and 309 for security.

“Besides installing multifeature cameras, existing CCTVs will be upgraded or modified to have artificial intelligence and facial recognition capabilities, ” he said.

Annuar also said installation of CCTVs would be made a requirement in future private development projects.

On the number of incomplete affordable housing projects, he said the figure was quite high because the previous administration had halted several projects prematurely.

He said they had initially targeted to provide 80,000 units of affordable housing in the Federal Territories, slated to be completed by the end of 2028.

“Up until June, the development order for a total of 57,799 units for 93 projects had been issued in order to build housing for Federal Territories residents, comprising 54,111 units in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya (2,908) and Labuan (780).

“Out of this, 24% or 15,431 units in 26 projects have been completed. Another 27,332 units in 37 projects are still under construction, ” he said.

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