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Malaysian Police To Be Equipped With Bodycams To Avoid Corruption Or Abuse

On 6 December, Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin announced that the specifications of the bodycams for Malaysian policemen are in midst of being finalised. “The specifications that are needed are that the devices be of high quality, use artificial intelligence (AI), can live stream, and are SIRIM accredited,” reported by New Straits Times.

The Home Minister also mentioned that the ministry is expected to purchase 2,040 bodycams that will be distributed across 85 police stations in the country. It was announced by former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, that the government has allocated RM30 million to purchase the bodycams in the 2021 budget.

Apparently, this idea was first suggested during the Pakatan Harapan administration led by Tun Mahathir back in 2019. The former premier said members of the public complained that policemen regularly requested for bribes or abuse suspects. “People can complain but we need proof, so body camera can show us what happened. We will enforce body cameras on police, immigration and customs so that we can know what they are up to… if there is corruption or abuse… if they turn it off also, we will know,” said the former PM.

Do you think implementing bodycams will help lessen corruption and abuse cases?


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