Loke: RM435 million AES unpaid summon `not benefiting the PH government`

Anthny Loke – Foto mstar

PUTRAJAYA: The unpaid Automated Enforcement System (AES) summonses amounting RM435 million would not benefit the government as it would have gone to two concessionaires that the former Barisan Nasional (BN) government had dealings with.

Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said, the concessionaires were “lopsided” and as such the two firms involved would get profit easily and returns of their investments.

Loke said, the two companies, Syarikat ATES Sdn. Bhd. and Beta Tegap Sdn. Bhd. have collected RM129,097,436 from Tier 1 and Tier 2 payments.

“In 2015, the BN government had instructed Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) to take over the companies and had used RM555 million to pay compensation to the two companies,” he said in a press conference today (Monday).

Loke added, the two companies had 47 speed cameras of which only 38 are operational throughout the country. The cost of one camera is only RM250,000 and the companies only invested RM10 million for installing such cameras.

Earlier he explained, there were two tiers in the agreement in which under the first tier the government paid RM16 to the operators for every summons issued regardless whether the summons is paid or not.

Meanwhile in the second tier, he said, the companies would receive 50 percent from RM300 for every summons that has been paid and 23,640 summonses were paid of which the two companies have earned RM1,045,304 in 2012.

Loke added in 2016, the AES summonses were reduced to RM150 from RM300 and that means the summonses paid will fully go to the operators. The agreement for Tier 1 and Tier 2 is that the company will receive 50 percent out of RM300 for full summons that are paid.

This is why it is better for the Pakatan Harapan government to cancel the summonses, he said –Malaysia World News.

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