GEORGE TOWN: The Federal Government has been told to be fair to all Malaysians following its decision to abolish the Automated Enforcement system (AES) fines.
According to MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, the government should not merely reward those who have not paid their AES fines, but also refund those who have paid.
He said both DAP and PKR had always wanted to abolish the AES, saying it was cruel and just a tool to get more money from the people.
He said even Lim Guan Eng, the former Penang chief minister, had famously banned the AES from being implemented in the state, and had insisted that the AES system should not only be abolished but all fines that the people had paid should be refunded.
“Therefore, I am surprised that the Pakatan Harapan Federal Government has now decided to continue with the AES system, and even said that there will be no longer any discounts on the AES, unlike what the Barisan Nasional government had done . Isn’t this more cruel?
“I am sure that those who have outstanding AES summons, including many PH leaders, who were previously exposed over the past few years as having thousands of ringgit in outstanding summonses, will be happy to hear that the PH government has now announced that all outstanding AES summons up to Aug 31 will be cancelled.
“I have no problems with this as it is the government’s prerogative. However, you must be fair to all. If you want to forgive those who have not paid, you should refund those who have paid,” he said today.
The Ayer Hitam member of parliament said Lim, who is now the Finance Minister, should keep his word and Lim was certainly in a position to push for this.
“I believe that the government must not send out the message that citizens who are responsible and law abiding are punished while those who are errant will be rewarded,” he added.
Earlier today, Transport Minister Anthony Loke said a total of 3.1 million AES summons worth RM435 million would be canceled as of Aug 31.
He had said that the one-off move was part of the Pakatan Harapan’s 100-day pledge.
He had,however, said there won’t be any refunds made to some 659,934 summons which were already paid. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd