Selangor’s move to cover up two Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras in Sepang today was put off on the advice of the state’s lawyers, Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu said today.

Liu, who is in charge of local government, said the Sepang Municipal Council (MPS) president was today “advised” by the Selangor legal adviser not to proceed with the planned action.

NONE“I was told by the MPS president that the legal adviser said the council should first give the Road Transport Department (RTD) and AES camera contractor Batu Tegap Sdn Bhd sufficient time to reply to the council’s instructions to cover up the cameras,” Liu (right) said.

Earlier today MPS president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar confirmed that the council would not proceed with its plan to cover up the two AES cameras in the municipality and that it has instructed Batu Tegap and RTD to do so.

"The council, by a notice dated Dec 6, has instructed Batu Tegap and RTD to cover the cameras, in accordance with Section 72 (1) of the Street, Drainage and Buildings Act 1974,” Sayuthi said in a statement earlier today.

Sufficient time to respond must be given

Liu said the state legal adviser informed MPS that it was required by law to give the two parties sufficient time to respond to its instruction.

“The minimum period (for the parties to respond before any action is taken) is 30 days, not the 14 days was stated in the MPS notice,” Liu said when contacted.

The two AES cameras are located at the 6.6km point of the South Klang Valley Expressway (SKVE) and the 301.6km point on the North-South Highway, both localities under the jurisdiction of MPS.

On Wednesday, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim announced that the cameras would be covered up instead of being dismantled as announced by Liu earlier.

Meanwhile, RTD is reported as saying that it hoped Selangor would not cover up the cameras.

“This is not a question of whether it (Selangor) has the right or not. It is a moral issue,” today’s issue of Malay daily Sinar Harian quoted RTD director-general Solah Mat Hassan as saying.

He said he would “wait and see” whether to take action against Selangor it it covered up the cameras.-malaysiakini